Cecil Philip Taylor

Cecil Philip Taylor

Cecil Philip Taylor

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Cecil Philip Taylor (6 November 1929 – 9 December 1981), usually credited as C. P. Taylor, was a British playwright. He wrote almost 80 plays during his 16 years as a professional playwright, including several for radio and television. He also made a number of documentary programmes for the BBC. His plays tended to draw on his Jewish background and his Socialist viewpoint, and to be written in dialect.

Personal life

Taylor was born in Glasgow and grew up in the Crosshill district of Govanhill in a politically radical Jewish family with strong ties to the Scottish Labour Party. He left school at 14 and began his working life as a radio and television repairman.

In 1955, when he was 26, he met his first wife, Irene Diamond, in a drama group. In order for them to afford to marry, he took a job as a record salesman in Newcastle, the city where his mother had grown up. He and Irene lived there, in Fenham, for many years and had two children, Avram and Clare.

In 1967 he married Elizabeth Screen, with whom he also had two children, David and Catheryn.<ref...
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