The Hatchling: World Premiere

The Hatchling is a ground-breaking outdoor theatrical performance that will unfold over a weekend of events and reach 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.

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.

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.


Plan your trip

There’s so much going on over the course of the weekend and a full weekend trip will allow you to fully experience the dragon’s visit.

Saturday 28 August from midday:

The dragon will hatch from its egg in the city centre and begin her exploration of the city. She’ll be meeting various people from across the city until she nests down, around about bedtime.

Sunday 29 August from midday:

After a morning slumbering, she will rise after brunch and start to amble through the city. She’ll be on the Hoe in the evening and getting ready to fly into the air and over the sea from sunset. To catch the flight plan to be with us from 8pm until 10pm. Grab a picnic blanket, snacks, a thermos (or wine!) and nestle in so that you don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Come along and experience this epic event with us all.


Learn more about The Hatchling project here.

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