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Good Soup is an exploration of Molière’s world through his words and the music of his time. To celebrate 400 years since his birth, Ensemble Molière, BBC’s New Generation Baroque Ensemble, joins forces with two clowns to create a 60-minute performance which takes the audience into the playwright’s cosmos. In a space and time not dissimilar to our own, where environmental catastrophe, war and pestilence rage through the country, two servants try to uphold the Molièrian idea of ‘decorum’ while performing multiple roles, singing and dancing around the Sun King’s banquet table, until the world seeps into the dining hall. Bringing together baroque music, absurdist theatre, slapstick and puppetry, Good Soup investigates Molière’s form of bourgeois comedy, and asks what these narrative structures still have to offer. 

Ensemble Molière

Flavia Hirte - baroque flute

Alice Earll - baroque violin

Kate Conway - viola da gamba

Catriona McDermid - baroque bassoon

Satoko Doi-Luck - harpsichord

Klara Kofen - dramaturg/director/designer/ puppeteer/ stage hands 

Rachel Wise - movement director/ puppeteer/ stage hands

James Oldham - clown/ performer 

Lizzy Shakespeare - clown/performer

Bryn Fitch - puppeteering consultant