Helena and the Journey of the Hello

The Earth Beneath Our Feet key image
Creative Team

Co-designed and Directed by Frank Newman
Writer Finegan Kruckemeyer
Production Designer Kate Davis
Music: Mikelangelo and Fred Showell
Puppet Designer Greg Methé
Lighting Designer Danny Pettingill
Performers  Ryk GoddardMel King and Sam McMahon
Original Artwork Tim Schultz

These are not bedtime stories.
Bedtime stories are for your parents to tell you.
These are morning time stories. And they are the best.

Helena and the Journey of the Hello is a kid’s picture book tale in a crossed line conversation with contemporary times. The old world charm of the illustrated story is given a theatrical twist as unexpected parts of the set and costumes open like pages in a book. Children and adults are amazed at what is possible with a mobile phone, a coat and an old iron bed as they are taken on the Journey of the Hello.

The audience sit inside the fantasy world of Helena Bugosi. And what a world this is! Helena’s mum is always on the phone – because she lives in it. Helena’s father went into the forest and befriended the foxes, before getting into a small boat and going out to sea, leaving Helena to sing songs by the side of the road.

Terrapin’s naughty new show is narrated by three mischievous animals that could be straight out of the midsummer night forest. They croon and wail in a waltz playing band; they fumble with puppets and fiddle with phones, weaving the audience through a thicket of stories about Helena and her mother who lives in a phone!


Tasmanian Tour

September 29 – October 17, 2009
Nubeena, Kettering, Franklin, Campbell Town, Deloraine, Stanley, Queenstown, Devonport, George Town, Scottsdale, St Helens, Bicheno, Swansea


Flyer (284 KB)
Program (710 KB)
Poster (237 KB)