Culture & Arts

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. 

The Hatchling is a spectacular, free live event taking place in Plymouth on the 13th, 14th & 15th August 2021.

The event will bring together people from all walks of life to participate in a shared experience, opening up conversations around migration and freedom of movement.

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 5-time sport kite world champion.

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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What's involved?

There are a number of roles for Mayflower Makers, including:

Event volunteers

Audience feedback gatherers - You will be right in the thick of the action, moving through the busy street to get as much information as you can from the public.

Working in pairs, with another Mayflower Maker.

The role will involve:

  • Talking to people on the streets as and after they’ve experienced/ seen The Hatchling roaming through the city
  • Collecting audience feedback using a questionnaire provided on a tablet

2 people at a time covering:

13 August 2021, 12-4pm & 4-8pm

14 August 2021, 11am-3pm, 3-7pm & 7-10pm

15 August 2021, 11am-3pm, 3-7pm & 7-10pm

In the city centre from Place de Brest down to The Hoe.


Information stand team - This is a key role in the public engagement of the project, enabling viewers to learn more about what’s happening.

The role will involve:

  • Stationed at the Information Point answering questions from the public who want to know more info about the event
  • Giving out maps of route of The Hatchling
  • Being a friendly face and personable person to approach if people have questions along the way

2 people at a time covering:

14 August 2021, 10.30am-1.30pm, 1.30-4.30pm & 4.30-7.30pm 

15 August 2021, 10am-2pm, 2-6pm & 6pm-10.30pm 


Stewards & Ushers - This role will be essential to the smooth running of a smaller, public performance as part of the larger project, allowing the work to happen safely and on schedule.

The Steward role will involve:

  • Being a visible part of the stewarding crew alongside security as The Hatchling journeys through the city, creating a soft human barrier to ensure safe space for the action
  • Being a friendly face and personable person to approach if people have questions along the way
  • Assisting anyone in the public including people with access needs to help them find an area in which they can see the action

2 stewards at a time at Place de Brest letting public know that something’s going to happen there next day - 13 August 2021, 10am-2pm, 2-4pm & 4-8pm 

8 stewards at a time walking along the route with The Hatchling  - 14 August 2021,  10.30am-1.30pm, 1.30-4.30pm & 4.30-7.30pm 

The Usher role will involve front of house duties including:

  • Coordinating an orderly queuing system
  • Box office – tearing/ checking of tickets
  • Encouraging people to buy a drink at the open bar

 6 ushers at a time at Guildhall tearing tickets for a theatrical event held in the Guildhall - 14 August 2021, 7-9pm 

10 stewards at atime walking along the route with The Hatchling  - 15 August 2021, 10am-2pm, 2-6pm & 6pm-10.30pm 


Production volunteers - You will work directly with the artists and the production team, acting as vital support in a large project.

The role will involve supporting the Production and Producing teams during the live event to ensure smooth and efficient running where require, this may include:

  • Assisting the producers, answering calls and distributing call sheets
  • Assisting the wardrobe and costume department with dressing cast and changeovers
  • Helping keep the Green Room and break spaces clear and tidy
  • Being a friendly point of contact for those breaking in the Green Room, restocking water and snacks
  • Assisting the production team and Stage Management team, coordinating the cast and crew

2 people at a time volunteering with the production and producing teams across the following:

13 August 2021, 10am-3pm & 3-8pm

14 August 2021, 10am-3pm & 3-8pm

15 August 2021, 10am-2pm, 2-6pm & 6-10pm  


All these roles require different strengths, but all will see you on the front line of a major cultural event right in the heart of Plymouth. This event won’t be possible without the dedication of the city, and you can be a vital part of that.





Why get involved?

As a volunteer you will:

  • Be involved in a breathtaking city-wide Mayflower 400 event that Plymouth will remember
  • Be part of the Mayflower 400 story in press (radio and broadcast)
  • Be invited to the wrap party on 23 August 2020 with the creative team and cast
  • Connect to the many artists & makers on the team who are with Plymouth
  • Be supported with any special requirements
  • Gain valuable outdoor arts experience
  • Be part of a friendly, enthusiastic team
  • Plan and make your own way to and from the event

How to get involved?

  1. Sign into your account or sign up to the Mayflower Maker community
  2. For this challenge you are required to have attended a Mayflower Maker induction session 
  3. Accept the challenge
  4. Follow the instructions in your acceptance e-mail. 

Ideal Skills

  • Customer Service
  • Event Stewarding
  • Reading/Storytelling
  • Working independently
  • Music & dance

Ideal Interests

  • Community Work
  • Creative and Arts
  • Events and Programming

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