Review: Everything Not Saved

Malaprop Theatre
Summerhall – until August 26th
3 Stars (3 / 5)

This is a show about memory, but not nostalgia. Everything Not Saved is a thought-provoking piece about the reliability of memory, history and photographic records. How a simple sentence can alter one’s recollection of past events, how easy it is to change one’s perception for the crowd even when they are completely wrong and you were the only witness. How there are multiple sides to every story and no memory is truly accurate.

For such a deep topic, Malaprop Theatre explores it simply: three different scenarios played out by Peter Corboy, Breffni Holahan and Maeve O’Mahony that nudge the audience into questioning how much they really know of what they know. While the actors are rather watchable and the characters are endearingly funny, the production could be more cohesively and creatively presented instead of having a voice with subtitles speak to the audience while the actors change costumes for their next scene. Regardless of what valid points the voice makes, it seems to lack the ingenuity Malaprop Theatre is so capable of, especially when contrasted with the non-sequitur pay-off at the end.

Nonetheless, Everything Not Saved asks important questions and challenges the reliability of presented facts. Perhaps one should wonder if this review is even reliable, seeing as humans tend to forget aspects of their lived experience five minutes, hours, or days after it has happened.