Meet Bláithín “she loves caterpillars, moths and butterflies”. Follow her on her adventurous journey with Uncle Rusty to find Pearl, the most extraordinary butterfly with the most exquisite colourful wings. Learn all about two little caterpillars and their journey to fly as moths and butterflies. Hatch is full of Fidget Feet’s unique blend of music, comedy, theatre, contemporary dance and aerial dance. Hatch weaves craft workshops, Irish language and Irish dancing into this wonderful story for 4 – 10 year olds and their families. If you enjoyed our other work for children, The Elves and the Shoemaker and Strange Feathers, then you will thoroughly enjoy Hatch. Made in association with Siamsa Tíre and Shortworks Network, Ireland and support from the Arts Council of Ireland.

“Lovely storytelling and music. Nice to see and be so close to the show.”

– Parent at Siamsa Tíre premiere

“Lovely to have the kids on stage, very unusual to have that opportunity.”

– Parent at Siamsa Tíre premiere

Funding of Hatch

In 2015 The Ark supported Chantal as part of their Hatch programme and the idea for the show was born. Hatch is made in association with the Irish Aerial Creation Centre, and received financial support in Spring 2018 from the Shortworks Network; Draíocht, Linenhall Arts Centre, Riverbank Arts Centre and The Ark, to support the research and development stage of the production. The Hatch 2019 tour is produced by Siamsa Tíre and supported by a touring grant from the Arts Council of Ireland.


Choreographer: Chantal McCormick
Composer:  Jym Daly
Performers: Jym Daly, Maire Dee, Emma Poole and Kate Finegan
Costume designer: Abby Grewcock
Set designer: Gemma Morris
Lighting designer: Fenna Hirschheydt
Aerial rigging design: Lee Clayden
Technical Managers on tour: Paul Edwards and Gearoid Ó hAllmhuráin
Photographer: Vitalij Kazackov, Josh Roxby, and Jym Daly
Videographer: Exhale Productions and Jym Daly
Producer: Juley-Ann Collins
Designer: Darragh Kinch
With special thanks to Maria Fleming for believing in Chantal’s idea for Hatch since 2015 and….
Arts-Science mentor: Nick Roth
Entomology advisor: Christopher Grinter, California Academy of Sciences
Dramaturge:  Kellie Hughes
Vocal Composition (Pearl’s voice):  Dr. Hannah Fahey
Early development work: Ernie Nolan, Executive Artistic Director Nashville Children’s Theatre USA
Original set designer: Naomhan McKeon Joyce
The Ark: Chantal was selected onto the Hatch programme in 2015
The Riverbank Arts Centre: Aleksandra Rosiak
Shortworks Network: The Ark, Riverbank Arts Centre, Linenhall Arts Centre and Draíocht
Siamsa Tíre Producers 2019 tour