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
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