“An alliance between formal experiment and rich content.” Michael Billington

The Erpingham Camp

The Erpingham Camp

by Joe Orton

Brighton Pier, May 12-24, 2009
Commissioned by Brighton Festival

"The clever Hydrocracker company, which a couple of years ago imagined Pinter and torture in the old town hall, now maps Joe Orton brilliantly on to Brighton Pier. The Erpingham Camp's graphic version of dictatorship (who will get to ride in the teacup dodgems?) and disaster (the villain plunges from a tottering tower into the sea) are fearsomely translated." Susannah Clapp, The Observer

Hydrocracker breathed new life into Joe Orton’s comedy The Erpingham Camp by setting it and its audiences on Brighton Pier.

Hydrocracker assembled an exceptional artistic team, including director Ellie Jones (Artistic Director Southwark Playhouse), designer Ellen Cairns, sound designer Thor McIntyre-Burney and lighting designer Paule Constable.

This was the first time in 43 years that the pier had featured in the Brighton Festival.

The Erpingham Camp was performed by Richard Hahlo, Jem Wall, Matthew Wait and members of the Buxbaum Musical Theatre Group.

The production was supported by Brighton Festival and Arts Council England.

The Erpingham Camp was produced and managed by ArtsAgenda
and supported by Arts Council England.