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    Meal One

    Until 15 Apr
    Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Family & young people
    £12
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    Meal One, illustration of family in a bedroom
    Lucy Bingham

    Based on a children’s book by Ivor Cutler and Helen Oxenbury, Meal One is a show filled with breathtaking projections, music, dance and augmented reality.

    Meal One features Helbert, his Mum, a dog and a cat. We follow them as they prepare for the day by planting a plum stone in the bedroom floor.

    Naturally, a huge tree quickly fills the room, turning it into the best tree-house-playground ever. But when they go downstairs for Meal One – the first meal of the day – they discover a kitchen full of tree roots busily munching through anything edible they can find.

    Based on a 1970s children’s book by Ivor Cutler and Helen Oxenbury, Meal One is a journey of discovery filled with breathtaking projections, music and singing, dance and unexpected transformations.

    Join us ahead of the show to uncover augmented reality and other surprises.

    Based on the book Meal One © 1971, The Estate of Ivor Cutler.

    Produced by 509 Arts with Hull Truck Theatre, supported by Mind the Gap. Funded by Arts Council England.

    Need to know

    Age recommendation

    For ages 5 – 9

    The performance on Friday 15 April, at 1pm is British Sign Language interpreted (BSL).

    All performances are Captioned and are Relaxed Performances (RP).

    This show has an informal atmosphere which is particularly suited to anyone who feels more comfortable in a relaxed environment which allows 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.

    The show does feature amplified music and there is also quite a lot of visually stimulating content.

    You may find this pre-show support pack useful.
    Pre-show support pack

    To book tickets for these services, call our Ticket Office on 020 3879 9555 or email [email protected].

    You can join our free Access Scheme through your online Southbank Centre account or via email. Find out more about our Access Scheme

    Dates & times

    Until 15 Apr
    Approximate run time: 45 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

    Price

    • Standard entry£12*
    • Concessions25%**


    * Excludes £3.50 booking fee.

    ** Limited availability. Read about concessions.

    Tickets can only be sold through the Southbank Centre and our authorised agents, and can't be resold. You can return your tickets to the Southbank Centre for a credit voucher up to 48 hours before the event. Tickets resold on any third-party platforms will become invalid.

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    Venue

    Purcell Room

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    Toilets

    An accessible toilet is located in the foyer.

    A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1 Royal Festival Hall next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet.

    The facility includes a height-adjustable bench, tracking hoist system, a centrally-placed toilet, a height-adjustable basin and a shower. The key for this room is available from the Welcome Hub on Level 2, Royal Festival Hall. The facility is open daily 10am – 11pm.

    Cloakroom

    The Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room cloakroom is closed. You won’t be able to bring any bags over 40 x 25 x 25cm into the venues, so please leave large bags at home.

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    Purcell Room is located in Queen Elizabeth Hall. For step-free access please use Royal Festival Hall JCB glass lift to Level 2 and enter via Riverside Terrace.

    Talk to a member of staff at the auditorium entrance if you have a disability that means you can’t queue, or you need extra time to take your seat. They can arrange priority entry for you as soon as the doors open.

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