Why isn’t the Royal Shakespeare Theatre putting on theatre?

Look, I know that there’s a possibility that I have this wrong. I mean, there’s probably a law or something that says what I’m suggesting makes it impossible. Please, let me know. Anyway. My question is this…Why isn’t the Royal Shakespeare Theatre putting on theatre? OK, so I know that there’s a pandemic on. I’mContinue reading Why isn’t the Royal Shakespeare Theatre putting on theatre?

The mysterious case of the incessantly barking dog of Trinity Mead

I am aware that in these unusual times there are probably more important things to write about than ‘The mysterious case of the incessantly barking dog of Trinity Mead’. But this is something that has been concerning me for some time now. And as the strange effects of these plague-ridden times change our lives bothContinue reading The mysterious case of the incessantly barking dog of Trinity Mead

Black Lives Matter march in Stratford upon Avon

Just a quick ‘Well Done’ to the organisers of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ march in Stratford upon Avon. Great to see the number of young people on the march and also have to say congratulations on a great turnout (500?) too. Of course, when you get this sort of thing happening there’s always a lotContinue reading Black Lives Matter march in Stratford upon Avon

My part in the downfall of the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations.

This is a confession as to my part in the downfall of the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations. Not many people know this…but way back in the 1980’s I was arrested for not allowing the South African flag to be flown during the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations. This is how it happened (short version). I had intended toContinue reading My part in the downfall of the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations.

Sent to Erica Whyman (RSC) via Twitter.

Sent to Erica Whyman (RSC) via Twitter. ‘Here’s an idea. Why not use ‘The Dell’ (Open air theatre space in RSC Gardens Stratford upon Avon) to give an all day (?) sonnet reading. Single actors reading a single sonnet. Charge 50 people to come in (for a set period of time?) and be responsible forContinue reading Sent to Erica Whyman (RSC) via Twitter.

10 reasons why living in Stratford upon Avon is OK

I thought it was about time I made an effort. That I girded my loins. That I forced a smile upon my face and put my mind to being positive. Easier than I thought, here are 10 reasons why living in Stratford upon Avon is OK. In no particular order… The River. There’s something aboutContinue reading 10 reasons why living in Stratford upon Avon is OK

A short message to all supermarkets and purveyors of meat in Stratford upon Avon

A short message to all supermarkets and purveyors of meat in Stratford upon Avon Just to let you know that if you do not label chlorinated chicken that originates from the USA, I (The Stratfordian) hereby swear that I will take my business elsewhere. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. Thank you.

pedestrianisation again

I’m sorry to bring up that old chestnut, pedestrianisation again but just in case you haven’t seen this press release from Stratford Council… Press release. ‘To assist in the reopening of Stratford Town and the recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Warwickshire County Council, Stratford-on-Avon District Council and Stratford-upon-Avon Town Council have workedContinue reading pedestrianisation again

Transport of Delight by Ian Harris. Performed by James Huxstable. Click Me.

This is a short monologue written by me (Ian Harris) and performed by the remarkable James Huxtable. This and other monologues can be found on message in a bottle on FaceBook HERE   ‘Transport of Delight’ is adult material.   'TRANSPORT OF DELIGHT' by Ian HarrisThis one's a TOUCH more lewd than your everyday material inContinue reading Transport of Delight by Ian Harris. Performed by James Huxstable. Click Me.

Trinity Mead, Stratford upon Avon. 

Trinity Mead, Stratford upon Avon is, in my opinion a pleasant enough place to live. All human life is here. From the theatre lover to the drug dealer. From the piss-head to the pensioner. In line with a lot of ‘recent-builds’ it has nooks and crannies. By which I mean there are segments of theContinue reading Trinity Mead, Stratford upon Avon. 

Them & Us. Deniers & Believers.

I don’t know whether I’m the only one who has noticed, but the longer this Covid 19 thing goes on, the more the population is dividing into ‘Them & Us’. Deniers & Believers. ‘Them’ that believe that Covid 19 is a hoax and ‘Us’ that believe the situation is extremely serious. The Stratfordian identifies as anContinue reading Them & Us. Deniers & Believers.

Stratford upon Avon welcomes The Immune and their brave efforts to Take Back Control.

I have to say it is a great pleasure to say to those who gave up their own leisure time to visit us here in Stratford over the past few days… Stratford upon Avon welcomes The Immune and their brave efforts to  Take Back Control. Somebody has to do it. They swarmed (copyright The Sun)Continue reading Stratford upon Avon welcomes The Immune and their brave efforts to Take Back Control.

An Obituary for The Stratford upon Avon Herald

One of the first things that Stratfordians do when they have bought the Stratford upon Avon Herald is to turn to the obituaries. Being such a close knit community means that the odds are that someone you know or knew, has passed. Like checking the racing results, it’s just something residents of Stratford upon AvonContinue reading An Obituary for The Stratford upon Avon Herald