The Midnight Soup
The Midnight Soup is an invitation, to supper and to a conversation. A performance meal for 14 guests at a time.
For I have known them all already, known them all;
Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons;
I know the voices dying with a dying fall
Beneath the music from a farther room.
So how should I presume?
T.S. Elliott, The Love-Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Together, we gather to make and eat The Midnight Soup.
Together, we gather to listen to a story, and to share our own.
The Midnight Soup starts as a monologue, and in gentle and unpresuming ways opens out to become a conversation.
The Midnight Soup 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 to end her own life.
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.
The Midnight Soup is about losing someone you love, to themselves.
It is about remembering, and it is about moving forward.
It is about not knowing, it is about asking and it is about respect.
The Midnight Soup could be made by anyone and it is always for sharing.
It is for keeping warm, and it is for getting together.
Written and performed by Leo Burtin, devised in collaboration with Mark Whitelaw, The Midnight Soup is an intimate performance meal, for twelve guests at a time.
Produced by Becci Sharrock with assistance from Phil Cole.
Commissioned by Talk with LEAP and developed in association with ARC, Live At LICA, Residence and additional support from Space Six and the Lowry.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.