When the sun sets on Sunday, August 29, a dragon bigger than a double decker bus will unfurl its wings and take to the skies from Plymouth Hoe in a breath-taking spectacle never before seen on these shores.
The first time you’re told about The Hatchling it sounds utterly preposterous. But a team of immersive theatre makers, puppeteers and champion kite flyers are about to make the extraordinary happen.
The talented people at Trigger, the specialists who dreamt up The Hatchling, are about to give us a weekend that will linger long in the memory.
Watch our ‘behind the scenes’ video below
And for the people of Plymouth, it’ll be a sight to behold.
But they will also be right to question what a huge dragon puppet means to them – and why the city is putting on such a spectacle.
Art, culture and creativity has always sought to spark conversations and debate. So while there’s no clear answer to the question, part of the point is to get people asking it in the first place.
Plymouth is a place that welcomes these cultural conversations. This is how we tackle the issues of the day. As a welcoming city, how might we might respond to a new arrival? How do welcome this giant visitor – or migrant – in our midst?