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National Theatre of Scotland Presents Love Letters to the Public Transport System By Molly Taylor
Published on Monday, 20 August 2012
4

4 stars

The Assembly Rooms (venue website)
Theatre
2 Aug, 7:20pm-8:20pm; 3-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-26 Aug, 6:15pm-7:15pm
Reviewed by Alice de Cent

 Recommended for age 14+ only.

In the first flush of love, Molly Taylor decided to write letters of thanks to the drivers of the trains and buses that have delivered her from one moment in her life to another. So begins an obsession that will ultimately outlast even the relationship that inspired it.

 
Truly, this show is Taylor’s creation – she’s the writer, director and solo performer – and it’s evidently a labour of love. Following her journey in and out of romance, and the ensuing search for the people behind the public transport system which took her there, Taylor’s personal and entertaining tale is definitely one that will touch the heart as she delves deeper into the stories she discovers.

Taylor is an engaging performer, with the ability to keep the audience enthralled throughout. Playing multiple characters with warmth and precision, she brings a whole cast to this one-woman show, but also builds a real and personal connection with the audience. She pulls the difficult trick of making this at once an intimate and universal tale.

However, the two stories she interweaves with her own sometimes seem a little out of balance, just sneaking in every so often. The show also takes a little too long to get going, before the main story is introduced. But Taylor’s likeable personality, skill as a performer, and her overwhelming enthusiasm and passion for the subject disarm the audience and seem to hold attention effortlessly.

Love Letters To The Public Transport System is a charming story, expertly told. Taylor’s quest to thank life’s unsung heroes is sure to bring a smile to you face, and perhaps even the odd tear to your eye.

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