"It’s a weird place to live. It’s not a place a boy should be living. It’s the sort of place people come to die."

Greg and his uncle Doug live by the lighthouse, in the shadow of the power station. They’re waiting for the eggs to hatch. A storm is coming and a stranger heads towards their house. When she arrives, things start to crack. Walls start leaking, it’s hard to smell the sea and Greg’s not sure who he is anymore.

Hatchling explores what parenthood is and how childhood ends – the coming of age, the hatching into adulthood. The play also explores psychological conditioning and asks questions about how should we parent, our responsibilities towards the environment and each other.

The play runs for approximately 90 minutes.

The Creative Team

Playwright Poppy Corbett studied at Royal Holloway and CSSD. Writing credits include Branded (UK Tour), OMG! (Millfield Theatre) and Your Nation Loves You (Old Vic Tunnels). Short plays, including Let Us Now Praise Famous Men and readings have been performed at venues including the Old Red Lion, Soho Theatre, The Arches and Theatre 503. Hatchling was developed on the Royal Court Young Writers’ Programme.

Amy Mulholland was awarded the James Sargant Bursary (Oxford Playhouse) and attended the Young Vic Springboard Directors' Course 2012. Credits include: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (Miniaturists, Arcola), In My Mind I’m Going To Carolina (Riverside Studios); Hansel & Gretl (Wireless Theatre Company, Roundhouse); The Secret Love Life Of Ophelia (Burton Taylor Oxford).

Euan Borland is a freelance theatre producer and Artistic Director of Made From Scratch. He was previously Resident Assistant Producer at Theatre503 and Associate Producer at Fraser Cannon Productions. Credits include: Land of Our Fathers (Theatre503), The Matchgirls (Dumbwise, Red Ladder, Unite), The Living Room (Primavera) and One Hour Only (Made From Scratch)

Supported By

Pitch Your Play is generously supported by the Noël Coward Foundation