The Hatchling


Family, Puppetry, Walkabout

Three performers interact with a black 3D entangled web of poles and cables.

The Hatchling is a spectacular, free live event that took place in Plymouth in 2021. The work sees an extraordinary visitor roam through Plymouth City Centre.

This larger-than-life event unfolded across one memorable weekend, culminating in an unforgettable grand finale. Produced by the award-winning creative team at Trigger in collaboration with leading designers, the project combines age-old myth with innovative puppetry and cutting edge technology.

The Hatchling played a leading role in Mayflower 400, a year-long programme marking the anniversary of the Mayflower’s historic voyage from Plymouth to Massachusetts, which explores the themes of home, journeys and freedom of movement. Produced by Trigger.

About Trigger

Trigger create and produce surprising live and digital events that interrupt daily life, reimagine and revive public spaces, and put audiences at the centre of the action. Trigger’s programme aims to create accessible, inclusive and boundary-pushing work which is often sited outdoors and/or digital. Our work is brought to life by a team of cross-disciplinary artists and creatives, often showcasing the creativity of local communities.

Creative / Production credits:

Conceived by Angie Bual, Artistic Director and producer at Trigger
Directed by Mervyn Millar, puppetry director (War Horse, Significant Object)
Designed by Carl Robertshaw, set designer (Ellie Goulding, Bjork)

Associate Creative Team
Ruth Chan – Composer
Matt Daw – Lighting Designer
Caroline Williams – City Hall Debate Director

Production Team
Chris Clay – Production Manager
Stephen Hoath – Flight Director
Huw Llewellyn – Lighting Associate
Nicole Redfern – Assistant Director
Melanie O’Sullivan – Lead Stage Manager

Cameron Balloons
Russell Beck Studio

Funding, commissioning and partner credits:

Funding from, Arts Council England, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Reach Robotics

R&D investment through Without Walls Blueprint.