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by Chantelle Pitt (subscribe)
University Student. Freelance Writer. Frequent Netflix Watcher. All-Around Arts Enthusiast.
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Only men can talk about women's bodies

'Because Men are the only ones with the right to talk about Women's bodies.'

We live in a world where gender issues have become the forefront of social debate. Today, the discussion of women's rights in all contexts is alive and kicking across all forms of social media as well as through all forms of digital media.

Soup, is an interesting piece of theatre, which tackles the issues of women's health but with a twist. As a female, the tagline for the show made me even more curious. In a gender-bent one act play Soup tackles women's rights and problems, with the satirical twist that the female characters are played by men.

Poster for Soup

I commend the cast on their effort to try to recreate mannerisms that are predominantly female, as such is a difficult thing to grasp, without coming across as "pantomime acting". Particularly Maximillian Strzelecki as Chelsea, as I recently discovered Soup is his theatrical debut, but the cast worked well with what was given.

In my opinion the story itself, meaning the dialogue and the storyline, could have been improved as I felt that the script fell short of something truly magnificent. As a patron, I simply felt that the abrupt ending to the piece left many questions unanswered and quite possibly left patrons wanting more. I believe some characters could have been fleshed out more or some additional dialogue could have been added to tie up loose ends and create a true ending that left patrons satisfied. Although I understand the difficulties associated with time frames and venue space, perhaps in an independent production these changes could be made, but are almost impossible given the previously mentioned restraints.

Using raised levels, the company makes use of the limited staging space as well as limited viewing capabilities for patrons. If you see this production (and I urge you do) I suggest you sit as far front as you can.

Director Ana Neves

Deadly Entertainment created a production that presents itself as a combination of serious and tongue-in-cheek whilst also portraying their message in a new and innovative way. The story comments on the problems of women everywhere whilst also shouting the fact that choices for women's health are being decided by people who will never have to deal with such problems. I believe the choice to have a female director and to cast men as the characters spoke more about these issues than any straightforward play could have. I commend director Ana Neves on her creation and the cast for their delivery.

Soup is playing at the Perth Town Hall, Supper Room until Sunday 4th February. Tickets are still available so go and see this production!

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Why? Gender bent plays are always great
When: until 4 February 2018
Where: Perth Town Hall
Cost: $26
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