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.