Hatch Festival 2024

Join us for a celebration of innovation, talent and artistic growth in the heart of Lewisham with three days of new theatre, film and creative connections.

Experience the power of collaboration as Lewisham Youth Theatre’s talented artists hatch their creative practice, presenting commissioned works enriched by dramaturgy and mentoring from industry professionals.

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Presented by Lewisham Youth Theatre, Hatch is a creative project supporting emerging creatives to develop their own creative practice: as writers, performers, directors and producers. The project has included creative development sessions, masterclasses with professional artists like Dreaming Whilst Black creator Adjani Salmon, actress Dani Moseley and Black Ops Gbemisola Ikumelo, one-to-one mentoring and commissions of new creative work.

Festival Dates:

Thursday 11th April, 7pm

Hatch Launch: Open Mic & Creative Networking
Experience the grand launch of the Hatch Festival! Enjoy an open mic session followed by a creative mixer where you can connect and hatch fresh ideas with other emerging creatives.
Launch tickets are free but must be booked in advance.

Friday 12th, 7pm & Saturday 13th April, 6pm

Hatch: A Collection of New Theatre & Film
Performances will include:

‘Return To Soil’ – Extracts from a new play by Eliezer Gore

Dee, a bassist, and Danai, a dancer, are collaborating on a new performance piece, hoping to prove their worth as young artists by being programmed by the Southbank Festival. But with feedback coming from all sides, can they keep their integrity in their search for validation? Return to Soil is a play with music, movement and poetry.


‘IN.Q.BS’ – Extracts from a new play by Nae Chettry

Determined to avenge her expulsion from the garden of Eden, Lilith unleashes her demons and sin on the modern world. She hopes to open the world’s eyes about creation and life as God has designed it. In two parallel stories, we follow Eve and Adam in Eden and Byran and Ines on Earth as they struggle to answer questions on the meaning of their existence. This new play explores the question of whether society conforms to order by choice or by force.


‘Sisters’ – A staged reading of script extracts from a new TV series by Rowan Fornah

Left with their awful Auntie Keisha after their parents were unexpectedly killed back home, Denise and Gaby have had a challenging childhood. Lost without direction, their paths take a dramatic turn when a new murder is committed. Will it shed light on the death of their mother or will it push their sisterly bond to the limit?


‘If I Had One Wish’ – A selection of scenes from a short film by Amiga Harewood

Jerome and Aiden are two young black men from south London who love each other. While Aiden is out, Jerome is still hiding his sexuality. Can he find a way to let Aiden into his heart?



HATCH will take place at:
Broadway Theatre, Rushey Green, Catford, London, SE6 4RU

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Hatch is made possible by the Arts Council England, National Lottery Community Fund and Lewisham Council.