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The Watermill Theatre in association with Jermyn Street Theatre presents


By Craig Taylor

★★★★ 'Original, inclusive and life-enhancing show’ Whats On Stage

'Some moments are routine, some moments are painful – and some are the diamonds we spend our whole lives waiting for' The Wokingham Paper

‘Poignant vignettes of modern life’ Daily Info Oxford

'This hilarious, touching patchwork of plays reminds us, life has a little meaning in it.’ Daily Info Oxford

'Catch it while you can’ Newbury Theatre

Wed 29 Jan 2020 - Sat 15 Feb 2020

‘Well, answer your own question. I did 1,800 miles in the caravan and drank three gallons of cider. So I’ll ask you whether or not it was a good weekend.’

A couple peer into an estate agent’s window; two sports fans have a heart-to-heart in the loo; a daughter has questions about her mother’s love life; and as a father helps his son tie his football boots, he realises they are growing apart. If you keep your eyes and ears open, there are a million tiny plays happening every day.

Laugh-out-loud funny and sometimes heartbreakingly moving, overheard conversations from across the country form Craig Taylor’s humorous and poignant look at modern Britain. Originally published in The Guardian, these miniature insights into other people’s lives reveal the triumphs, disasters, horrors and joys of life in the twenty-first century.

One Million Tiny Plays About Britain premiered at The Watermill in 2016 and following an acclaimed run at Jermyn Street Theatre, in the heart of London’s West End, the four-time Offie nominated show returns.

Running Time 

Act One: 44 minutes
Interval: 20 minutes
Act Two: 53 minutes 

Praise for One Million Tiny Plays About Britain
‘Touching, hilarious, upsetting, thought-provoking, pithy’  The Observer
‘A life-affirming delight’  WhatsOnStage

This production contains some strong language.
Directed by Laura Keefe
Designed by Ceci Calf
Lighting designed by Sherry Coenen
Sound designed by Harry Linden Johnson

Emma Barclay

Emma trained at Drama Centre London and studied at Cambridge University. 

Watermill Theatre credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth (UK Tour, 2019), One Million Tiny Plays About Britain (2016).

Theatre credits include: Honk! (UK tour); The Ladykillers of Humber Doucy Lane (Eastern Angles); Babe the Sheep Pig (Polka Theatre and UK tour); Doctor Faustus and The Comedy of Errors (Cambridge Arts Theatre), and Perfect Strangers (Cambridge Footlights international tour).


Alec Nicholls

Theatre credits include: Under the Blue Sky (Sonia Freidman Productions); Alcatraz (Vault Festival); Catalyst (The North Wall); One Million Tiny Plays About Britain (Watermill Theatre/Jermyn Street Theatre); Theatrecraft (North Wall Theatre); Twelfth Night (David Ball Productions).

Film credits include: Mindhorn; The Decoy Bride; Daddy.

Television credits include: Doc Martin, Semi-Detached; The Crown; Code of a Killer; The Mimic; Catherine Tate’s Nan; Broadchurch; Life’s Too Short.