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The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) will be inviting Stratford locals to contribute their ideas about the town’s future in a brand-new ‘pop-up’ shop that will spring to life across the summer.
The shop, which opens on 27 July in the former Crabtree & Evelyn premises, will offer residents the opportunity to inspire I See the Future, an innovative community-created art project jointly commissioned by the RSC and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
There will be a special drop-in session from 2pm-4pm on the opening day hosted by Anagram, the award-winning female-led art collective who will bring I See the Future to the streets of Stratford-upon-Avon as part of the Garrick Jubilee celebrations in September. During the session, local people are invited to draw, talk about and imagine the future 100 years from now, whilst joining in with the dynamic discussion. The shop will remain open until 1 September for people to contribute to.
I See the Future marks the 250th anniversary of the first Shakespeare Jubilee in 1769 and establishment of the Shakespeare tourism industry. Stratford residents of all ages and backgrounds are invited to contribute their hopes, dreams and imaginings for the future of their town.
These ideas will then be realised across the Jubilee weekend from 6-8 September, when two giant pairs of binoculars will appear on Henley Street and in the Bancroft Gardens. The drawings and audio from the workshops are transformed into vibrant animations that play inside the binoculars over real-time footage of Stratford.
The shop will be open from 27 July to 1 September, closing at 5pm daily. Participation is free. The pop-up shop will also offer information about the RSC and sign-posting to other cultural attractions, a Box Office provision, and a select range of retail items.
It is supported by Arts Council England and Watershed's Creative Producers International, which is backed by British Council and the University of the West of England.
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