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.

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.

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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