Mika Laulainen theatre creator

Mika Laulainen

Somebody Loves You, Mr Hatch

a puppet show for the wee ones in your life

Based on the book by Eileen Spinelli

May 2016 | at the Gateway Theatre & The Kay Meek Centre

Adapted & Directed by Chris McGregor

Puppetry by Jeny Cassidy, Mika Laulainen, & Sarah May Redmond

Produced by Axis Theatre

Mr. Hatch is completely alone, or so he thinks. Mr. Hatch leads a colourless, ordered life, until one Valentine’s Day, he receives a candy-filled heart with the note somebody loves you. Mr. Hatch’s world is turned upside down and he begins to make friends and enjoy all sorts of nice foods and the fun parts of life that he once ignored. This heartwarming puppet play examines the effect that kindness can have on a dreary existence.

As a puppeteer in this show, I have been involved in its development from the first workshop. The show is a mix of hand and rod, object puppetry, and light mask and character work. It’s highly physical and really truly speaks to all ages.

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