Operation Black Antler
HOME, Manchester, June 7-17, 2017
"One of the most most gripping pieces of theatre you'll ever see"
- Manchester Evening News. Full review here.
"Ambitious and impressive...The merits and ethical issues of police surveillance have never been in the public eye as much as they are now"
- The Reviews Hub. Full Review here
Following acclaimed runs at Brighton Festival and Ideas Test in Kent, we are honoured to be taking Operation Black Antler to Manchester as part of HOME’s theatre programme on the 7th – 17th June 2017.
Operation Black Antler is a collaboration between four-times BAFTA-nominated artists' group Blast Theory and critically-acclaimed immersive theatre company Hydrocracker. It invites you to enter the murky world of undercover surveillance and question the morality of state-sanctioned spying.
For 40 years, British police officers have worked undercover inside politically “contentious” groups. Revelations from Wikileaks, the Snowden affair, and investigations into the Special Demonstration Squad have raised serious questions about how much respect for law our secret forces really have.
In Operation Black Antler, you will be given a new identity as part of a small team; you’ll be briefed and then sent into an undercover operation. Once inside, you can choose to take part in a series of challenges that encourage you to consider what is and isn’t acceptable in the name of security. You must make your own decisions, and then reflect on their consequences.
What will you do when the power is in your hands?
Book your tickets now on the HOME website.
"This disturbing piece of immersive theatre shines a light on the morality of police surveillance."
Michael Billington, The Guardian. Full review here.
"The genius of Black Antler is it doesn’t tell us what to think. Like me, you could sit within spitting distance of an unflinchingly truthful performer and experience the friendly face and soft tones of evil in a social setting." Morning Star. Full review here.
"Thought-provoking and superbly performed immersive experience with a political charge" - The Stage. Full review here
"Highlight of the piece - The whole thing from start to finish was a masterpiece - more of this please!" Ginger Wig.
Listen to BBC Radio 4's "Front Row" interview with Hydrocracker's Jem Wall and Blast Theory's Matt Adam
View Cast and Creative Team
Watch the trailer now
“Site specific theatre with a purpose…
an alliance between formal experiment and rich content.”
Michael Billington, The Guardian
Hydrocracker makes theatre in non-theatre spaces.
We want more for our audiences than to sit in the dark and watch.
Hydrocracker is an Associate Company of Brighton Dome and Festival,
is project-funded by Arts Council England, and sponsored by Dramatic Resources.
Patron: Caroline Lucas
Joint leader, Green Party, UK; MP for Brighton and Hove