Paperback Review: One Million Tiny Plays About Britain, By Craig Taylor Bloomsbury £7.99
Sunday 03 February 2013
Craig Taylor's playlets, which began as a column in The Guardian newspaper, are so exquisitely observed that they often read like snatches of real-life conversation.
And then you come across moments that could only be the work of a fine comic writer: a farmer in Kent sits on a tractor, opining on musical genre ("Drum and bass is dead to me, mate. It's dead to me."); a middle-aged man reflects on his divorce ("It was amicable. For me."); a Polish hairdresser spooks her clients ("I hate all this touching hair. I used to work in … what is the word? I kill animals by hitting them on head.").
There is pathos here too: Taylor participates in that peculiarly British tradition in which comedy is laced with sadness. There are shades of Alan Bennett, and even The Office.
And why are 'southern' ways of speaking spreading north?
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