509 Arts and Hull Truck Theatre, supported by Mind the Gap, present

Meal One



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.

Age Recommendation: 5+ and equivalent learning age.
Running time: 35 mins + augmented reality experience

Access Performances
All performances of Meal One are Relaxed. Everyone is welcome, and the informal atmosphere can be particularly suitable for anyone who may feel more comfortable in a relaxed performance environment, allowing for noise and movement, or exit/re-entry when needed. This may include children, young people and adults with neurodivergence such as autism, learning difficulties and other sensory or communication needs.

For more information on what to expect from your visit, download our Performance Information Pack.

Free Learning Resources
509 Arts have put together lots of activities, videos and pictures, all about Helbert and the world of Meal One, including activities to do at home or for teachers to use at school.  You can look at them online, or print off parts of each activity to try – click here for details.


£14 – £10 

£10 Under 18s school groups
£2 off for Groups 10+
15% off for Members

*Discounts are subject to availability and may be removed at any time. Only valid on certain performances - terms and conditions apply.

Credits & Acknowledgments

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

Adapted and directed by Alan Dix
Music Felix Cross, MBE
Set Design & Costumes Naomi Parker
Digital Designer Fabric Lenny
Music Director Dan McGlade
Choreographer Hannah and Drew Winnie-Hawkins
Lighting Designer Simon Bedwell



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