The Midnight Soup
The Midnight Soup is a piece of theatre during which the audience prepare a meal that they will share at the end.
The piece takes as its starting point the diary Leo’s grandmother wrote in 2006 and gifted to him before committing suicide in 2012. The Midnight Soup is presented at a dinner table, for an audience of up to 14 guests. Over the course of this intimate performance meal, we explore themes of family, history and commemoration.
The Midnight Soup starts as a monologue, and in gentle and unpresuming ways opens out to become a conversation. It tells the story, of an unremarkable woman, who every day, sat down to meticulously record the facts of her life in a diary, until one early summer day, she chose her own death. The Midnight Soup is the love letter of a grandson to his grandmother. It is also an edible memorial, celebrating a life lived to the rhythm of the seasons.
Commissioned by Talk with LEAP and developed in association with ARC, Lancaster Arts, Residence and additional support from Space Six and the Lowry. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Tickets £15 | Age 16+
Performances at 1.30pm and 7.30pm