Digital Archive:Oral history clip, Eileen Norris (2014)

about working at Chichester Festival Theatre in its early years

Eileen Norris came to Chichester Festival Theatre as an aspiring director who wanted to witness Laurence Olivier work with great actors. She was employed nominally as an assistant stage manager but quickly became involved in helping to solve many of the problems faced by the fledgling Theatre over the course of its first few seasons, such as how to feed the cast and crew on a budget and how to help audience members out of their seats if they need medical assistance during a production.

In these clips she describes what she learned watching Olivier work on The Chances and The Broken Heart.

Eileen Norris by Rib Davis 20 Jun 2014. Email heritage@cft.org.uk for access to the full oral history interview or click the file below to read a summary.

File:

Interview summary Eileen Norris PIOOH036

Tags:

Buildings & site, Festival Theatre, Founding of CFT, Productions

Catalogue Reference:

PIOOH036