The Hatchling

This spectacular live performance in Plymouth will bring a universal myth to life.

A giant puppet in the form of a dragon will hatch and roam through the city, before taking flight from the coast in a unique feat of artistry and engineering.

You’ll be able to meet this unusual visitor on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 August, as she roams the streets of Plymouth city centre and the Hoe.

Initially due to take place over the 14-15 August weekend, the event was postponed as a mark of respect to the community and families involved in the tragic incident in Keyham on 12 August.

Now, it is hoped the event will bring the city together in a moment of unity and hope.

One of the highlight events of Mayflower 400, The Hatchling has been conceived by Angie Bual, Artistic Director of Trigger, the Bristol-based producers of extraordinary theatrical projects.

It will be brought to life in collaboration with a team of leading creatives including Mervyn Millar, part of the original creative team of the acclaimed stage production War Horse, and Carl Robertshaw, a designer who has created sets for the London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies, collaborated with artists including Ellie Goulding and Kylie, and is a five-time sport kite world champion.

The Hatchling, a dragon taller than a double-decker bus, will hatch and roam through the city of Plymouth this summer. Picture by Carl Robertshaw

Local people will also play a key role in The Hatchling, from its creation to accompanying its two-day journey through the streets of Plymouth.

Click here for more details of the performance and how you can watch

The Hatchling has been made possible thanks to public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and support from Plymouth City Council and Mayflower 400, and will be delivered in collaboration with a range of other supporters and event partners.

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Artist’s impression of The Hatchling, the world’s first flying puppet, preparing to take flight. Picture by Carl Robertshaw

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