"Walter Plinge" / Philip Blaine on An Actor's Life - Creative Conversations podcast with Yang-May Ooi

“Walter Plinge” talks about his life as an actor in repertory theatre in the 1950s and it is a fascinating historical record of an exciting time in British theatre as well as an inspiring personal story. This special episode of Creative Conversations is taken from multimedia author Yang-May Ooi’s podcast archive recorded in 2008 for her first podcast series Fusion View.

“Walter Plinge” on An Actor’s Life CCV006 ¦ Creative Conversations [podcast]

I met the late Philip Blaine after he retired from acting back in the 1990s. He was modest about his life in the theatre – he would prefer to hear about me or our other friends round drinks or dinner than to talk about himself. But sometimes, he could be coaxed to tell us stories about his time treading the boards…

Over the years, we would spend cosy winter afternoons in his sitting room – Philip in his favourite armchair by the fire, the rest of us gathered round in the warm indoors while outside it would be grey and cold. After some nudging, Philip would start to tell us about his life.

Philip Blaine at the piano, with Peter O'Toole, centre - Creative Conversations podcast, with Yang-May Ooi

Philip Blaine at the piano, with Peter O’Toole, centre

I was able to persuade him one year to take part in my podcast Fusion View and was thrilled when he agreed – on condition that he appear on the show as “Walter Plinge”.

Philip passed away a few years ago and the recording feels to me now a valuable part of our cultural history as well as a personal account of the life of a wonderful friend and a talented actor.

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 Links to some of the things we talked about

Philip Blaine – https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0086166/

Repertory theatre – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Repertory_theatre

John Osborne – https://www.bl.uk/people/john-osborne

Laurence Olivier – https://www.laurenceolivier.com/

Philip Blaine, actor - Creative Conversations podcast with Yang-May Ooi

Philip is in the dressing gown

 

Philip Blaine, actor - Creative Conversations podcast with Yang-May Ooi

Philip is in the centre

 

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"Walter Plinge" / Philip Blaine on An Actor's Life - Creative Conversations podcast with Yang-May Ooi

“Walter Plinge” aka Philip Blaine in his favourite armchair ¦ Creative Conversations podcast with Yang-May Ooi

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Photos: from Yang-May’s and Philip’s personal albums, with thanks also to Catriona Fitzsimmons

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Creative Conversations is a podcast celebrating creativity in the arts, life and business. It is part of the Tiger Spirit family of creative content, conceived and presented by multimedia author Yang-May Ooi.

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Yang-May Ooi is a multimedia author & TEDx speaker. Her creative projects include Bound Feet Blues (theatre), South London Voices and Creative Conversations (podcasts). She also works with individuals, non-profits and small businesses to help them tell their unique stories to engage and inspire others. ¦ www.TigerSpirit.co.uk

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