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brilliant selection of tender and funny miniature plays
on 16 November 2010
Like others, I first came across these tiny plays in the Guardian some years ago, well described in the introduction to the collecton as: 'dramatic haiku'. I thought then what an interesting challenge it might be for students of theatre and performance to try staging them.
With the author's permission I have just finished working with a number of the plays, over a seven week process of rehearsal and performance with 29 final year students at Aberystwyth University's Theatre Film and TV Department. Just I had imagined they were challenging and really fascinating texts to explore, and my students had a great time interpreting the ones we chose, developing the back-stories for the characters; writing other scenes of their own inspired by Taylor's wonderfully succint and witty style and weaving the fragments into a whole performance entitled:'Overheard'.
The audience response was warm and positive. Many told us how touched they were by the plays and like us, felt them to be incredibly 'tender' and poignant, whilst at the same time causing huge smiles and laughter. We have leaned much from these 'tiny plays' and I heartily recommend this collection to anyone who appreciates that edge between the comic and the tragic from which most of our lives are constituted.