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Popping in to pop shop with future plans for Stratford

Ian Hughes 29th Jul, 2019

WHAT does it feel like to share a town with millions of visitors from all over the world? What might the future of Stratford look like?

They were just a couple of the questions posed to residents and visitors alike at a new RSC pop-up shop at the weekend, as part of the community art project called I See the Future marking the 250th anniversary of the first Shakespeare Jubilee in 1769.

There was a special drop-in session on Saturday to mark the shop opening – hosted by Anagram, the award-winning female-led art collective which will bring I See the Future to life.

The project, jointly commissioned by the RSC and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, will be collecting people’s thoughts on what the future could hold for the Bard’s home town throughout the summer.

The pop up shop, in the former Crabtree & Evelyn premises on the corner of High Street and Bridge Street, will be open until September 1.

And the final results will be visible over the weekend of September 6 to 8 when two pairs of giant binoculars will appear on the streets of Stratford – in Henley Street and in the Bancroft Gardens – through which residents and visitors alike will be able to look through and see the future of the town as inspired by townspeople.

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