Meal One, a new family show based on the picture book
by Ivor Cutler and Helen Oxenbury, touring February 2022

Helbert and his mother like doing a lot of things together but their experiment with a plum stone gets out of hand!

A boy sleeps in his bed. The house around him creaks. An owl hoots. The sky brightens and the boy stirs. He suddenly sits up all surprised and calls out:    

“Who put a plum in my mouth?”
“Me, me, me!” shouts Mum.
And that is how it begins.

Helbert and his Mum prepare for the day by planting a plum stone in the bedroom floor unleashing a series of extraordinary adventures. Adapted from a children’s book by Ivor Cutler, Meal One is a magical family show filled with music, songs, dance, breathtaking projections and augmented reality surprises.  

Based on the book, Meal One, ©1971 The Estate of Ivor Cutler, with illustrations by Helen Oxenbury.

Produced by 509 Arts in association with Hull Truck Theatre, supported by Mind the Gap and Bradford 2025.  Funded by Arts Council England. 

Tour Dates

Saturday 5 February 10am, 12.30pm, 3pm Hull Truck Theatre Book tickets
Tuesday 8 February 11am, 2.30pm, 4.30pm Leicester Curve (as part of Spark Festival) Book tickets
Wednesday 9 February 11am, 2.30pm, 4.30pm Leicester Curve (as part of Spark Festival) Book tickets
Saturday 12 February 10am, 2pm, 4.30pm Lancaster Arts Booking opens soon
Wednesday 16 February 10am, 12.30pm, 3pm The Albany, Deptford Booking opens soon
Thursday 17 February 10am, 12.30pm, 3pm The Albany Deptford Booking opens soon
Thursday 24 February 10am, 12.30pm, 3pm New Wolsey, Ipswich Book tickets
Saturday 26 February 10am, 12.30pm, 3pm Bradford Alhambra Studio Book tickets

Cast & Creative Team

Zara Mallinson: Mum
Isaac Sudden: Young Helbert
Sandeep Guarrapadi: Old Helbert

Alan Dix: Director
Felix Cross, MBE: Composer
Fabric Lenny: Digital Design
Naomi Parker: Set Design & Costumes
Hannah and Drew Winnie-Hawkins: Choreography