New Dundee Project Hatching out this Autumn

Fleet Collective member Ed Broughton of Bonnie Brae, along with Arts Producer Claire Dufour, has launched a new project in Dundee, Hatch, which aims to bring people together to create short performance pieces.


Hatch is open to all disciplines and invites people to collaborate with others and create new work that will be showed to an audience. Hatch begins with a workshop and sharing day on Saturday 10th September from 2-5pm at Dundee Rep Theatre, for anyone who writes, performs, makes or creates in any way. It is free to attend but has limited places, you can sign up here. Prior experience of the performing arts is not necessary.

Hatch seeks to engage with the city’s creative and cultural communities – literary, theatre, dance, art, design, film, tech to name a few – and then to promote them to wider audiences. This autumn and winter, Hatch is appealing to all those across the city who want to spark new creative collaborations with the aim to produce short, original and accessible performances for their inaugural event in November.

Ed says “We are looking for anyone and everyone to join in and make things that they hadn’t considered before. Maybe you write poetry but it only ever stays in your notebook? What if, by putting your head together with someone else, you could take those ideas and transform them into something that can be performed to an audience using actors or dancers. Maybe you’re a performer looking for someone new to work with? What if, by meeting someone new who can spark some ideas, it propels you to make a moving and engaging piece that’s close to your heart. That’s what Hatch will facilitate and then ultimately produce for the stage in a free event that’s open to everyone in the city.”

Claire Dufour, Hatch’s producer says: “The potential amongst those living in Dundee and Tayside to create new and interesting work is huge. Quite often the different creative communities in Dundee don’t cross paths, but we know we can advance the performing arts in our city through enabling emerging artists, groups and collectives to connect and collaborate with each other. To then show their work to an audience in a safe and appreciative environment will be eye opening and exciting for everyone involved.”

This event is kindly hosted and supported by Dundee Rep Theatre. Joe Douglas, Associate Artistic Director, Dundee Rep: “Dundee Rep is committed to supporting artists in and around the city – we want to reach out to the enormous creative potential here in Dundee. We are delighted to be able to support the first Hatch event and to seeing the great new work that will no doubt hatch from it. We look forward to welcoming you.”

Hatch’s first workshop on Saturday 10th September offers the opportunity to mix and match your interests, ideas and skills with each other. This will inspire attendees to create new existing pieces of performing arts, which may include dance, music, opera, theatre and musical theatre, magic, illusion, mime, spoken word, puppetry, circus arts, performance art, recitation and public speaking. As part of the afternoon, there will be performances of work that have been specially created for the event, using the Hatch methodology.

Ed Broughton concurred, “We want writers of all kinds to come along to the workshop – anyone who’s ever put pen to paper. We want performers of all kinds, we want directors, we want anyone who has ever had an idea! There’s no such thing as a bad idea!”

Claire Dufour said “We believe in collaboration, experimentation, mutual support and accessibility of the arts and Dundee is the perfect place for this to take wings and fly.”

Join Ed and Claire on Saturday 10th September from 2-5pm at Dundee Rep Theatre to start your collaborative exploration in performing arts. Mix and match your aspirations and expertise to make new amazing work in collaboration with other disciplines. These new works will then be produced and put on as an evening of small, modular performances, launching in November. Hatch’s first workshop is free and open to everyone, please sign up here.