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Photographs : First designer of the modern Mystery Plays

Item type: Photographs
Archive reference: YMP/A/21/5
Date/year: 1951 to 1957
Description: Norah Lambourne 1957The scenery and costumes for the first three productions of the Plays - 
1951, 1954 and 1957 in Museum Gardens - were designed by Norah Lambourne.  She wrote a book "Staging the Play"  and much later an article in the Costume Journal of the Costume Society (Vol. 10, 1996, pages 16-36).  Below left is a cutting from Eileen Skaife's 1954 scrapbook about her.  Right is a 1957 photo.  
Norah Lambourne 1954 cutting  Below is a cutting about making the costumes in 1957: Norah Lambourne's designs are on the table. 
Cutting the 1957 costumes

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