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Happy Meal

Happy Meal

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A Roots and Theatre Royal Plymouth co-production in association with ETT and Oxford Playhouse

”Gender is life tbh. It’s like time too I guess. It kinda doesn’t exist, but our world revolves around the expectations we put on it.”.

Join us for an online show irl. Travel back to the quaint days of dial up and MSN, where you’ll follow two strangers on their journeys to become who they always were.

A funny, moving and nostalgic story of transition.

From teen to adult,

From MySpace to TikTok,

From cis to trans.

The world premiere of Tabby Lamb’s HAPPY MEAL is a joyful queer rom-com where Millennial meets Gen Z and change is all around. Exhilaratingly staged by Roots and Theatre Royal Plymouth and directed by Jamie Fletcher, fresh from her acclaimed production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch (★★★★★ The Stage).

Important information

Running time:
75 min (approx)

Age guideline:

Theatre Queers workshop

A Roots Take Part project

Wednesday 7th September

18:30 – 19:30


‘Because trans people are f-ing hot. And working this out felt like I’d unlocked some sort of magic portal…’ Bette in Happy Meal


Tabby Lamb wrote Happy Meal to enable two trans characters to recognise that they were born in exactly the right bodies. This deeply human thought has never before been said in a play, and the success of Happy Meal is a potent reminder of the power of untold stories to capture hearts and minds.


Theatre Queers is a free workshop led by members of the Happy Meal creative team for queer writers of all experiences!


Join us online or irl as Tabby shares her favourite prompts to get you writing in the session, alongside receiving tips on writing for the stage and advice on how to get your work produced. Participants are invited to write short monologues dramatising your untold queer stories.


Up to five of these monologues will be performed this September alongside performances of Happy Meal at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. The monologues will be filmed and subsequently released online.


Places are limited to 20 participants and in signing up we ask you to be certain that you will attend. You can attend in-person at Theatre Royal Plymouth, meeting the Happy Meal team and your fellow writers (and hopefully seeing Happy Meal!) or via Zoom if you prefer – we just ask you to indicate how you plan to attend at signing up.


To register please link here. Once all places are allocated, applications will close.


If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact Producer Steven Atkinson on