Dublin Fringe Fes­ti­val

Ev­ery­thing Not Saved

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - THEATRE -

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.

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