Pumpkin Soup for the Soul, Kyla Frye and Bevan Celestine
I'm not the biggest fan of soup, namely because more often than not it never quite lives up to my expectations. Soup can either be too watery or tasteless or boring. Thankfully "Pumpkin Soup for the Soul" was none of these things. In fact the play actually does exactly what it says on the tin so to speak.
Just over an hour long it is a series of short stories performed by an energetic and talented cast. By exploring various facets of the human condition through the eclectic journeys of relationships; "Pumpkin Soup for the Soul" captures the various struggles of life. Dealing with a wide scope of subject matters, from religiosity to mental illness, the play is able to tackle sensitive subject matters in a short space of time without losing momentum or believability.
Opening and closing the play with Mama's wise words (played by Marcia Mantack) brought together an exceptionally well directed stage production. We meet various groups of friends and/or relatives at different stages of their lives, the interweaving story of Anne (Marcia Mantack), Ricky (Shane Chester) and Darren (Beven Celestine) reoccurs most frequently in the play and serves as an anchor to which the other stories surround.
There was a risk that with so many themes being covered the allegory of each scene would be lost however the cast was strong and struck the right balance between drama and comedy to keep the audience entertained. There were a few occasions when actors would make mistakes with their lines; though I would not normally mind it happened enough for me to notice which was a shame.
Dealing with a wide scope of subject matters, Pumpkin Soup for the Soul, is able to tackle sensitive subject matters in a short space of time without losing momentum or believability.
Overall it was an entertaining production which I hope will get an extended run soon as it deserves to be seen and enjoyed by as many people as possible.
We were even served pumpkin soup at the end of the production which was a lovely way to end a lovely evening.
Pumpkin Soup for the Soul, Marcia Mantack
Pumpkin Soup for the Soul was at Chats Palace on January 26, 2013