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Hydrocracker wins Brighton Argus Angel Award for

Wild Justice

An animated provocation about revenge

Argus Angel 'In increasingly uniform times, it falls to outfits as anomalous as Hydrocracker to incite the kind of purposeful debate (the evening was observed by playwright Neil Fleming who created a theatrical think-tank of us, the result of which will be evident in the coming months) enjoyed by brain-bothering individuals in attendance at Wild Justice.' - Brighton Argus Review, May 16. Read the full review here

Read the Brighton Argus interview with writer Neil Fleming here.

Listen to the Brighton Festival podcast on Wild Justice here.

'Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.

Was Francis Bacon right? Where does justice end and revenge begin? And where does forgiveness come in?

On May 15, Hydrocracker invited an audience to join its quest to develop a Revenge Tragedy for the 21st century.

The event featured public debate, performed scenarios - directed by Joanne McInnes - and a panel discussion featuring Dr Mark Devenny (Centre for Applied Politics, Philosophy and Ethics), Marina Cantacuzino (founder of The Forgiveness Project), Jo Berry (founder of Building Bridges for Peace, whose father was a victim of the bombing of Brighton's Grand Hotel), and psychotherapist Robin Shohet.

The debate was part of an Arts Council-funded project to create a full-length Revenge play, to be written by Hydrocracker playwright Neil Fleming. Feedback from the audience will be used in further development work by Hydrocracker, and will also be used in our ongoing blog of the project, to be launched shortly.

In association with University of Brighton's Understanding Conflict Research Group.