Scotland – "alas, poor country! Almost afraid to know itself"

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On Thursday I returned, with she who must be obeyed, to my old school, West Buckland School, for the second time this year. After some very convivial conversations in what was the Headmaster’s Living Room (but is now the “Downward Room”) we were privileged to watch “Macbeth” performed by the students. It was in the wonderful 150 building in the theatre, which is an excellent, modern space for drama. The cast and production team can be very proud of themselves. They gave us an entertaining and moving production in the finest tradition of Shakespeare.

The line above, from the play, captured my attention. With apologies to Scots, I think one could be forgiven to think that it applied somewhat to the recent referendum campaign. – Such is the remarkable knack of Shakespeare to supply apposite quotes for the present day.


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