Heartbreak Soup


A magical tale for everyone over 8 who has a heart... or two.

Meet Cuddy. He's getting ready to tell his story. Dan is here to help. They tell tales of playground games, fantastic islands, even a secret romance – all conjured from the drawers under Cuddy's hospital bed. Cuddy's life is about to change. Right now he's a blueberry blue boy, sick of pills and doctors. But once he's pink, he'll be running and jumping as much as he wants, and not just in his imagination.   A poignant show for young audiences, Heartbreak Soup weaves music, puppetry, humour and pathos into a magical tale exploring the realities of transplant for one young person.

Warms and lifts up your heart like a hot-air balloon.


…when the full tear-jerking details are revealed, Laura Lindow’s use of metaphor gives Heartbreak Soup a real lightness of touch and magical poignancy.


Heartbreak Soup was produced by The Empty Space and first performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2008. It toured the UK in late 2009 and again in summer 2011; both the 2009 and 2011 tours of Heartbreak Soup were made possible by generous support from the Wellcome Trust.

20 & 21 May Salisbury International Arts Festival
24 May Dance City, Newcastle upon Tyne
7 & 8 June ARC, Stockton
10 June The Maltings, Berwick
13 - 17 June Tristan Bates Theatre, London
20 - 22 June Carriageworks, Leeds
24 - 25 June Whitby Hall, Ellesmere Port
28 June - 1 July Tristan Bates Theatre, London


Download the Heartbreak Soup Teachers' Resource pack - with full information about how the show links to Key Stages in the curriculum


Cast and Crew

Writer / Director Laura Lindow
Dramaturg Beccy Smith
Designer Verity Quinn
Sound Designer Albi Gravener
Cuddy Scott Hoatson
Dan James Young
Original cast
Scott Turnbull & Chris Price

Whilst working on Heartbreak Soup Laura Lindow met some extraordinary young people who had experienced heart transplant.
Click here to hear their stories directly in And They Felt Proud, a short film by Laura Lindow and Ian Paine.

Press resources

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