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It’s probably the overall premise of The Midnight Soup that makes me think of Shirley Valentine. Both the unremarkable woman in Leo Burtin’s latest production and Willy Russell’s titular heroine have pretty tedious lives in which nothing ever seems to change and both have pretty extreme ways of dealing with their lifestyles. Spoiler alert: in The Midnight Soup, our woman won’t be jetting off to Greece and leaving her ham and eggs-loving husband behind. It’s a bit darker than that.

Despite the fact that our female protagonist takes her own life, the production actually promises to be a thoughtful tale of grief, coping and remembrance. Essentially a letter from a grandson to their grandmother, the play is all about losing someone that you love, to themselves. Beginning as a monologue and ending as more of a conversation with the audience, The Midnight Soup asks us to move forward, by witnessing this paean to the unknown and mutual respect.

The Midnight Soup comes to Arc, Stockton on Wednesday 14th October.

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