In the footsteps of the Buckinghams
Around 25 of us gathered in Stratford-upon-Avon on Friday, 14th September and enjoyed a pleasant meal together. This was a precursor to a cultural weekend based on the Buckinghams' experiences on their journey south, as told in 'The Long Passage'.
After a morning when the delights of Stratford (including a Food Festival) were explored, we met in the afternoon at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre to watch an innovative, contemporary version of Romeo & Juliet. The violence of knife crime and gender fluidity (with a number of male roles played by females) brought the timeless story into the 21st century. The drama of gang warfare & the melodrama of the 'star-crossed lovers' were counter-balanced by the humour of the Nurse in a gripping production.
Another tasty meal on Saturday night was followed by Sunday morning options of a trip along the River Avon or a visit to Shakespeare's birthplace, before we met to eat together once again - Sunday lunch this time.