In one of the headline cultural moments and major events of 2021, a mysterious and beautiful creature of mythological proportions known as The Hatchling will soon be arriving in Plymouth.
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.
It’s going to be a truly unmissable spectacle, as the world premiere of this ground-breaking outdoor theatrical performance takes place in Britain’s Ocean City.
Over the weekend, come along to watch as the giant puppet dragon hatches in the city, builds herself a nest and then attempts to take to the skies in a bid for her freedom. Along the way, she’ll explore and encounter new people and places, as well as meet some special groups of locals for amazing performances.
Meet the people who helped make The Hatchling in our video below:
Here’s everything you need to know about The Hatchling…
Where and when can I see her?
The Hatchling performance takes place throughout the weekend, so as long as you visit during the times outlined below, there’s something to see! The incredible puppet will be roaming the streets and at certain points will be joined by community groups from Plymouth for special moments.
We’re encouraging everyone to dip in and out throughout the weekend – come along at a time that suits you to see some of the performance, then enjoy everything that Plymouth has to offer, whether that’s a spot of shopping, a bite to eat or a visit to one of our great attractions.
On Saturday 28 August, she will hatch in Plymouth city centre and explore the streets between midday and 7.30pm, when she falls asleep again (top tip: we’ve heard she’s a light sleeper, and will need lulling back to sleep with a gentle lullaby from around 9.30pm). Look out for her on Armada Way (between Place de Brest and Royal Parade), Cornwall Street and New George Street – she’ll be hard to miss!
On Sunday 29 August, The Hatchling will move from the city centre to Plymouth Hoe, where she’ll remain from early evening until taking flight. Look out for her on Armada Way, Royal Parade and the Hoe Promenade.
The weekend culminates in her spectacular flight over Plymouth Sound, which will be best viewed from the Hoe. This takes place on the Sunday evening and if you’d like to watch we’d advise you plan to be there between 7.30pm and 9.30pm. There will be food and drink stalls on the Hoe to enjoy while you’re there, as well as extra toilets.
If on either day you can’t find The Hatchling, or you’re looking for more details, head to the information point on the Piazza.