Maureen Lipman has the knack of making the everyday supremely entertaining, the ordinary absurd and unexpected. Her collection of pieces, I Must Collect Myself: Choice Cuts from a Long Shelf-Life, sparkles with her inimitable prose and pithy opinions. Encounters in the street, at the hairdresser, in the dressing room, on her travels at home and abroad, indeed wherever she goes, are sharply observed, joyfully and – at times – ruefully recorded.
Here, Maureen gave us a selection of her brilliant monologues which capture many voices in wonderfully diverse ways.
Maureen Lipman is an acclaimed film, theatre and television actress, columnist and comedian. She is the author of nine books and writes regularly for Standpoint magazine and Spectator Health.