Love Letters to the Public Transport System
- Allan Radcliffe
- 21 August 2012
This article is from 2012
Life-affirming monologue celebrates society’s unsung heroes
The premise of Molly Taylor’s monologue sounds, in summary, so precious you wouldn’t expect it to work as a piece of drama. In 2009, following a painful break-up and the loss of her permanent job, Taylor travelled by bus to London where a chance meeting in a pub led her slowly but surely into another relationship. Though this love affair was fated not to last either, she decided to contact those ‘fate-enabling’ bus and train drivers who had delivered her to all the significant moments in her life.
It’s impossible not to warm to Taylor, who delivers her story with amiable informality from a raised bus seat, interweaving her own experiences of corresponding with a range of transport workers and officials (including the office of Boris Johnson) with similarly life-affirming, fateful tales. If, overall, Taylor’s show feels slight, it’s still refreshing to experience a piece of theatre celebrating the small things that make our lives worth living, particularly when delivered with gentle humour and such endearing sincerity.
Assembly Rooms, 0844 693 3008, until 26 Aug, 6.15pm, £10 (£9).