Debates & Workshops
Hydrocracker actively engages in debates and seminars connected to theatre, politics and site-specific work. We are also engaged in conversations on the evolution of site-specific and immersive theatre, and developments in European theatre via The Fence.
Process Work at University of Salford - September 2017
Hydrocracker will be working with a select group of MA Contemporary Practice Students at the University of Salford from September 19-21.
Artistic Director Jem Wall will be sharing Hydrocracker’s approach to making site-responsive and immersive work with the theatre makers of the future.
The brand new campus at Salford is built on old foundations. How does the old affect the new? It features a huge statue of one of Salford’s most famous sons, Friedrich Engels, co-author of the Communist Manifesto. What does Engels mean to the Corbyn generation? Do the old politics mean anything in the new politics?
Watch this space….
The Choice: R&D on a new
Immersive work about a future NHS - September 2017
Following the success of Operation Black Antler at Manchester HOME Hydrocracker is starting research into a new immersive work about a future NHS.
Renowned playwright and actor Steph Street (The Reluctant Fundamentalist for NYT and The Beautiful Forevers at The National) will be joining the Hydrocracker creative team to work with a group of NHS workers, thinkers and activists to explore their thoughts, fears and hopes for the NHS.
This will become the basis for a new immersive and thought-provoking piece for 2019. The debate will be part of The World Transformed's Brighton 2017 event - a week-long multi-venue festival of politics, art, music and culture running alongside the 2017 UK Labour Party Conference.
The Old Court Room, Brighton
Complicity & the Ethics of Undercover Security
To coincide with Operation Black Antler, Hydrocracker's new co-production with Blast Theory, University of Brighton brought together key speakers to discuss what the state is justified in doing to protect its citizens.
May - July 2015
Jem Wall spent 3 months away from Hydrocracker duties to perform in the world premiere of arguably Arthur Miller’s most political piece of writing - THE HOOK.
The production was made to honour and remember a real life docker, Peter Panto, and to speak to current audiences in a time of ‘austerity’ about diminishing workers rights, zero hours contracts and tension around job insecurity and immigration.
31 March & 1 April 2015
The University of Brighton invited Artistic Director Jem Wall to speak at its two-day Complicity Conference using Hydrocracker's research on its new work Operation Black Antler.
"If we know ‘there is something rotten’ in our society; if we know it is being run by and for the 1%, then how do we live without being complicit ? Can theatre - any art - offer an alternative to complicity and compliance?
3 May 2015
Jem Wall worked with a group of young playwrights from New Writing South to stage their work in and around the Theatre Royal Brighton.
November 2014 - New Writing South's event on “The Politics of Writing Politics in Plays” involved Hydrocracker's Jem Wall and Judith Hibberd working with playwrights and directors considering what constitutes Political Theatre. Read more here
October 2014 - Jem Wall and Neil Fleming spoke at a University of Brighton “Understanding Conflict” seminar on political violence and political theatre, on the 30th anniversary of the IRA bombing of the Grand Hotel in Brighton. Read more here
July 2014 Richard Hahlo worked closely with young performers at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg. Read more here
The Engels statue at Salford: a student revises.