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Delma Tomlin Personal Folder : Interview of Board member Ken Evans

Item type: Delma Tomlin Personal Folder
Archive reference: YMP/O/3/3
Date/year: 2002
Transcript of interview with Ken Evans conducted by Mike Tyler on 28 May 2002. Stored as YMP/C/3/1.
Ken Evans was on the York Festival Board, which included the Plays.  He discusses some of the politics and why the 1979 plays didn't happen till 1980 - breaking the three year cycle into four yearly, but still in Museum Gardens.  He also discusses how/why in 1992 the Plays moved to the Theatre Royal.  The Gardens appear problematic because of worries about the cost of scaffolding of a static play (which went up each time because of added safety regulations_ but also worries about the damage to the grass of a promenade play. 
(See this press cutting for how this was 'spun'.)  He also talks about how the Plays came to be on wagons in York's streets, and problems of marketing. 11 dense pages

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