The girl asks for help from teenage boys cycling past. In the past, he worked at the Royal Court Theatre and the Young Vic and he's been a script reader for the National Theatre, Hampstead and Traverse Theatres. We watch through the glass, hipster voyeurs, deeply aware of our own liberal discomfort as we are cast as the players in this scene of gentrification eating itself. We both wonder about the company’s duty of the care to the passer by. As well as Exeunt, he has written for Wired UK, Rock Paper Shotgun and Unwinnable. The headphones tell us what the other person might be thinking about us, what we might be thinking that we hope they don’t find out about us. Do we commit to them and start playing a part or do we distance ourselves from them by filling our tone with detachment? We are told to put these in and from here there will be no more off-piste behaviour.What I remembered was having a magnificent time, eating one of the fanciest meals I’d ever had (especially as a high school student paying for myself) and REALLY enjoying the play.Our trip was before the festival season, so I was curious to find out what else Stratford had to offer.
This weekend already started to feel different - like a pampering, lazy-sort-of weekend.
Date #976 - Friday, February 3rd, 2017A: We were gifted a romantic weekend in Stratford by Stratford Tourism and Enterprise Car Share, an opportunity we hopped on with glee.
We’d both been to the city before, B as a teen and I as a child.
They want to demonstrate to us that we mustn’t look for perfection in each other. When a young girl in a headscarf agrees to have a three minute date with him, he bombards her with stories of the worst of all possible eventualities that might emerge from their union. We agree about how uncomfortable we felt in that last bit. And then, as I’m about to head to the station, I hear your voice. He makes work at the intersection between live performance and gaming as Venice as a Dolphin and an associate of Coney.
Nobody else is having a staring competition, it soon emerges. They are presented as a kind of dating self-help in the tone of a GCSE language textbook. There are games now: parlour games, storytelling games, played with two other tables and facilitated by the waiter at break-neck speed, often stopping a round half way through because we are running out of time. We watch him through the window as he propositions an elderly lady only to get the response “Certainly not”. I turn around – William Drew William Drew is a writer and games designer based in London.
Our dinner at the Parlour Inn’s restaurant just confirmed that.