The Hatchling

A spectacular dragon will hatch in Plymouth City Centre this summer, and grow to the size of a double-decker bus.

The Hatchling is a ground-breaking outdoor theatrical performance that will unfold over a weekend of events and reaches an extraordinary finale over the coast of Plymouth.

Our beautiful visitor will hatch in the city, build herself a nest and then attempt to take to the skies in a bid for her freedom.

Along the way, she’ll explore the city, and as she roams, she’ll encounter a series of events from intimate interactions to city-wide performances, prepared especially for her majestic visit.

The Hatchling walking (Landscape). Credit - Carl Robertshaw-min

 

Apples and Snakes have commissioned three poets – Rebecca Tantony, Chris White and Shagufta K Iqbal, to create pieces based around dragon mythology, which will be performed during the event.

At the end of her journey our hatchling will undergo an incredible metamorphosis, unfurl her wings, and attempt to soar over the sea at sunset! With a wingspan of over 20 metres, our hatchling is the world’s largest human-operated puppet to attempt flight.

Created by a leading design team specialising in puppetry, kites and immersive theatre, this is an unforgettable world premiere taking place in Plymouth this summer.

The Hatchling will bring together artists, community groups and city partners to create a public artwork of ground-breaking ambition – a cultural icon that will unite people from all walks of life.

Trigger Stuff

The Hatchling is produced by Trigger – an organisation creating and producing surprising live and digital events that interrupt daily life, reimagine and revive public spaces, and put audiences at the centre of the action. Trigger’s programme aims to create accessible, inclusive and boundary pushing work which is often sited outdoors and/or digital.

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