Fringe Review: Extinguished Things

Remembered by many for her last Fringe appearance with Love Letters to a Public Transport System (Winner of Adelaide Critics Circle Award Week 2), this time Molly Taylor explores the meaning of sharing your life with someone and what remains after.

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A vivid, complex and moving look at what it means to spend your life with someone.
Overall
5

Reviewed at Holden Street Theatres on 13 February 2019

Presented by The Holden Street Theatres’ Edinburgh Award ’18 in association with Molly Taylor

What a storyteller! Molly Taylor could probably take last week’s shopping list and make it seem interesting, but in possession of a good script she is spellbinding. Remembered by many for her last Fringe appearance with Love Letters to a Public Transport System (Winner of Adelaide Critics Circle Award Week 2), this time she explores the meaning of sharing your life with someone and what remains after.

The innocent premise of taking a quick look inside a neighbour’s house, for which you are holding the keys while they are away, becomes a mechanism for peeling away the layers of a relationship, its ups and downs, the meeting and the partings. The unassuming items that make up a household become unbelievably poignant when they no longer belong to anyone. The echoes of a relationship leave impressions that give an understanding of what once was.

Directed by Jade Lewis on a deceptively simple set by Naomi Kuyek-Cohen this gentle production relies heavily on the performer (and author) Molly Taylor. She is so good at telling the story you begin to forget it’s not real, getting lost in the lives of these believable and endearing characters. In fact it is almost a disappointment when Taylor puts the uncovered items away and returns the keys.

Reviewed by Fran Edwards
Twitter: @franeds

Venue:  Holden St theatres – The Studio
Season:  12 Feb – 3 Mar
Duration:  60min
Tickets:  $18 -$28

 

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