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Paul Kathner interviewed by Lee Christofis [sound recording]
Bib ID 4200549
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Kathner, Paul, 1935-, Interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2007 
3 sound files (ca. 177 min.) 
Summary

Paul Kathner discusses his family background; his family’s interest in the arts; schooling in Sydney; religion; memories of his first trip to the theatre; memories of WWII; the expense and popularity of the theatre historically and currently; working as an office boy for the J.C. Williamson theatre company; working as a set designer for J.C. Williamson; working for St. Martin's Theatre; working for the Australian Ballet; starting the Scenic Studios production company; working at The Independent Theatre and the Theatre Royal; various set, scene and interior designs that he has created; various productions that he worked on; colleagues and key figures in the theatre scene at the time.

Kathner discusses his mentors and influences; changes in theatre design conventions; professional painters in theatre design; the difference between painters as artists and painters as theatre designers; the role of theatre design in a production; painting and design processes, methods and techniques; his views regarding what makes a good set; the role of artistic directors in productions; the relationship between theatre and fashion; modern set design and trends; built sets; the relationship between music and set design; retirement; wanting to spend more time painting; odd jobs; going to the opera and ballet; reflections on his career; friendships; artistic inspiration.

Notes

Recorded on August 25, 2007 at North Melbourne, Vic.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (8 p.) and corrected transcript (typescript, 68 leaves) available. 
Subjects Kathner, Paul, 1935- -- Interviews.  |  Theaters -- Stage-setting and scenery  |  Scene painting.  |  Set designers -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Painters -- Australia -- Interviews.
Occupation Painters.
Other authors/contributors Christofis, Lee, 1948-, Interviewer

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