[THEATRE ~ GBR]
Holden St Theatre – The Studio. Sat 16 Feb.
Molly Taylor returns home to her childhood home in Liverpool after the end of a relationship. Some amusing observations about an adult child ‘sharing’ home again ensue. Making us laugh about everyday family squabbles over how to load a washing machine, or insinuated conversations about when will you grow up, sets up an intimacy and warmth that sustains this one hour monologue.
In the style of Alan Bennett, Extinguished Things teases heartfelt observations about life, race and living in Thatcher’s England through looking at the intimate and small aspects of people’s lives. The heart of this play happens in the house of some recently deceased neighbours who Molly had not had contact with for years. Once inside their living room memories flow in and Molly can reassess these through adult eyes. As she does so she begins to take the first steps to finding her own future.
Molly Taylor plays herself. The persona she presents is charming, wry and funny. Her lilting north England accent is endearing and adds to the performance. Using minimal props and the odd snippet of soundtrack including The Specials’ Ghost Town, she skilfully transports the audience into the relationship of her neighbours during the 1980s.
Using small vignettes she tells a much bigger story – one of surviving the race riots, a childless marriage, and being generous, open human beings.
By the end of the show we care about this couple and cheer for Molly, her new found wisdom and the future ahead of her.
An uplifting, perceptive hour of entertainment.
Extinguished Things continues at Holden Street Theatres – The Studio, at various times, until Sun 3 Mar.
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