Dublin Fringe Festival
Everything Not Saved
Malaprop’s Everything Not Saved could (well, maybe) be said to spring from the mantra of the tree falling in the forest.
Without witness, has it happened? But according to the company in this work devised with Dylan Coburn Gray and directed by Claire O’reilly, witness is both arbitrary and unreliable. Which makes history unreliable. And history is memory, which in turn probably influences our here and now because we do not exist in a vacuum. Pretentious? You bet. But handled well and inventively, as the company does it, it is clever, irreverent and thought-provoking.
It takes us through young filmmakers in 2017 making a fake newsreel of Queen Elizabeth’s first broadcast as a girl of 21 in 1947, through a role-playing training session for “young professionals”, and into a looped re-creation of the assassination of Rasputin the Mad Monk of Tsarist Russia. (You’d get it if you’d seen it.) Clever, committed performances from Peter Corboy, Breffni Holahan and Maeve O’MAhony.