Bellow Theatre

'Gently poetic, salt-tinged storytelling' Lyn Gardner

the cautionary tale of horrid ham carver

MY MUM ALWAYS SAID 'there’s a story in a pie. There’s a story in every pie you make’

Ham Carver is a modern retelling of an old Dickens classic – the tale of two sisters who get their own back on a murderous emperor, and avenge his lusty gluttony by serving him one final, fatal meal.

As you take your seats, our storytellers roll up their sleeves, dig out their baking bowls, and tell a stomach turning tale while they bake a pie of enormous proportions (with a rather suspicious filling).

‘A wonderful fantasy’ (Tom Spencer, Artistic Director, Fine Chisel)
‘An absolute treat – ace storytelling in a great setting’ (Paul Smith, Middle Child)


Written by Tabitha Mortiboy and Maureen Lennon

Directed by Maureen Lennon

Music by Ellie Gaynard

Cast: Charlie Sellers, Maureen Lennon, Ellie Gaynard

Ham Carver was commissioned as part of Hull’s Assemble Fest 2015, and was staged again at Little Fest in Helmsley Autumn 2016 as part of York Theatre Royal’s On Our Turf initiative.


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Photography by Sarah Holich, Guy Sanders, Jerome Whittington, Facet Photography and Jamie Corbin.