Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch

Suitable for ages 3+
By Eileen Spinelli and Illustrated by Paul Yalowitz, Adapted by Chris McGregor
Winner of two 2017 Jessie Richardson Awards including Outstanding Design and Outstanding Artistic Creation for Direction 

"Then he did something he had never done before… he laughed!"

Mr. Hatch lives a colourless, ordered life. He goes to work at the shoelace factory, eats his lunch alone, reads the paper and then goes to bed… early. Until, one Valentine’s Day he receives the biggest surprise of his life, a candy-filled heart with a note that whispers “somebody loves you”. Mr. Hatch’s world is turned upside down and he begins to make friends and enjoy all the fun parts of life that he once ignored. SOMEBODY LOVES YOU, MR. HATCH is a heartwarming puppet play that examines the effect that kindness can have on a dreary existence.  

Booking now for 2019-20 Season

Touring theatres and festivals throughout the USA and Canada in 2019/20. Please contact the Tour Coordinator by email at or call 604 669 0631 for more information. 

Jessie Richardson Awards 2016–2017

Nominated -  Outstanding Production
Nominated - Outstanding Performance Jeny Cassady, Mika Laulainen and Sarah May Redmond
Winner - Outstanding Design (Puppets) Frank Rader and Barbara Clayden
Winner - Outstanding Artistic Creation (Director) Chris McGregor

Study Guide

The study guide will help prepare your students for the live theatre performance and use the performance to enhance your arts curriculum in the classroom. DOWNLOAD [PDF]

Technical Information

THEATRE: Please review the requirements for booking Mr. Hatch at your theatre. DOWNLOAD [PDF]




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Media Downloads

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Photos by Jayda Paige Photography. Shown in order: Sarah May Redmond, Jeny Cassady, Christine Reinfort & Mr Hatch

“The BEST”

"The BEST school performance I've seen in 27 years!"

Mark Koebel, Eileen Madson Primary

“Stellar Piece”

"To sit in an audience of children and be able to hear a pin drop is a testament to the stellar piece of TYA theatre Axis has created. I have to say; the adults were enjoying the production as much as the youth."

— Dawn E, Audience Member


“Best response”

"I've taught here for 15 years and it was the best response I've seen from the students!"

- Craigflower Elementary



Booking now for 2019-20 Season!

To inquire about bringing this show to your community, contact the Tour Coordinator by email at or call 604 669 0631.