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Kirkbymoorside gears up for festival
11:53am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
FINAL preparations are underway in Kirkbymoorside for an ambitious festival programme, set to take place on Saturday.
The festival will feature film, drama, historical displays, children’s activities and more – mainly based at the Methodist Church.
It has been organised by the Herbert Read Society and the Kirkbymoorside History Group.
The organisers thanked both Kirkbymoorside and Scarborough libraries, the King’s Head pub, and the Methodist Church for their support.
The celebrations mark the 50th anniversary of the Kirkbymoorside Entertainments, arranged by the playwright John Arden and his wife, Margaretta D’Arcy.
In 1963, the couple lived in Kirkby Mills and put on a month of entertainment for local people in their own home, attracting renowned performers and artists including Liverpool poets Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri, Ryedale poet Sir Herbert Read, dramatist Arnold Wesker, novelist Stan Barstow and others.
Many of the performers stopped by en route to the Edinburgh Festival.
Among this weekend’s celebrations will be two screenings of a film of the couple in Kirkbymoorside in the 1960s. The film has been provided by Arden’s son, Finn, and will be shown at 11.30am and 12.30pm in the Methodist chapel.
The day will also feature historical displays, a book launch, music, and a dramatic recreation of the entertainments.
Kirkbymoorside’s library will also host mask-making sessions for children in the morning.
Full festival programmes are available from the library.
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