Extinguished Things

A lyrical storytelling about human experiences and the traces we leave behind

Extinguished Things

Performed in the old-fashioned anatomy theatre of Summer Hall, this makes for an interesting set-up: the audience are sat in the lecture seats which form semi-circular rows around the lecture space in front. This is the stage that Molly takes to tell her story.

Extinguished Things explores the ordinary lives of two people through their belongings. It considers the home as a place of identity, and embodied memory. It is a window into the life of Evie and Al, Molly’s neighbours. The have gone on holiday and left her the keys. She can’t resist the temptation and ventures into their home…

As Molly enters their house, the objects she encounters transport her back through a series of involuntary memories in a Proustian-style narrative technique. Molly’s verse is lyrical and evocative of the memories she narrates, as the story is intricately woven it laces together this human story of two peoples lives. I was transported back to the volatile race riots in Liverpool and I was there alongside Evie and Al as they went through life’s painful moments of love and loss. 

Molly’s control and delivery is captivating, the whole audience sat in hushed silence listening to the story unfold. By the end, like eager school children, we were on the edges of our seats and leant forward on the desks, completely enraptured. The flow between memories are natural and are navigated masterfully, with the sound effects helping to bring each memory to life.

What do we leave behind when we are gone? Molly is emotive, enchanting and a natural storyteller. 


Summer Hall @ 19:25 

For tickets and details visit: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/extinguished-things

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Louise Maloney

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Brighton based content writer and designer. A lover of words – both digital and print. A people person, writer, and sports enthusiast.

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