Harwood, Ronald (7 of 18)  An Oral History of Theatre Design

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  • Recording date

    2005-10-27, 2007-05-16, 2007-05-17, 2007-05-18, 2007-06-12

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    Interviewee's home, Chelsea

  • Interviewees

    Harwood, Ronald 1934- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    O'Ryan, Lydia (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 7: Remarks on RH’s brother (contd.), comments on working life of RH’s mother and family benefiting from ‘army back-pay’ during war. Further comments on parents’ relationship. Description of circumstances surrounding IH’s death, including reference to Groote Schoor hospital and Dr. Christian Barnard. Comments on expression of personal feelings and role of writing for RH. Remarks on HR’s wife Nula Oliver and her father, George; her successful marriage and eventual emigration to Australia in context of general white emigration from South Africa. Comments on RH’s brother’s generosity and honesty. Circumstances of RH’s birth, naming after Ronald Coleman; his early education. Anecdote relating to dislike of uncle called Barney and his involvement in father’s business venture. Further remarks on school including Miss Marchant. Refers to Nigel Hawthorne and Christian Brothers’ College. Remarks on speaking Afrikaans and learning English music hall songs from mother; also enthusiasm for “Biggles” “Just William”and “Alice in Wonderland”. Description of circumstances relating to RH’s talent for performing; including elocution lessons with Sybil Marks and desire to go to London. Mentions dominance of war in childhood and capture of cousin, Harold Berman. RH’s imaginative life, visits to concerts; mentions Benno Moiseiwitsch and daughter Tanya; visits to lending library run by Mrs. Lipschitz; interest in biography including Ferdinand De Lesseps.

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    Interview with Ronald Harwood (1934-), theatre designer. Parts 1-4 comprise an interview about the life and work of Richard Negri, as recalled by Ronald Harwood. Parts 5-18 comprise Ronald Harwood's life story.

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