The New World Order
BRIGHTON FESTIVAL 2007
BRIGHTON FESTIVAL & BARBICAN BITE FESTIVAL 2011
"Both Pinter and site-specific theatre emerge as winners from Hydrocracker's deeply unsettling 75-minute piece played out in the dizzying heights and dank depths of Brighton Town Hall" Susannah Clap The Guardian
The New World Order, Hydrocracker's most successful and overtly political site-specific work, was an ambitious amalgamation of five of Harold Pinter's plays - One for the Road, The New World Order, Precisely, Mountain Language and Press Conference.
The production took the audience on a journey - literally and metaphorically - from a press conference with the minister of culture in the plush debating chamber, down into the cells and corridors in the basement, where the functionaries of the new world order “keep the world clean for democracy”. Set against the background of The Gulf War the work made audiences focus on what was being done by our government ‘in our name’.
The production sold out and received glowing National reviews
The New World Order was originally commissioned by Brighton Festival in May 2007 and restaged at Brighton Festival in May 2011 and then transferred to Shoreditch Town Hall as part of the Barbican Bite Season in November 2011.
Partners included Amnesty International, Free Burma, Shoreditch Town Hall, The Barbican, Brighton Festival, Arts Agenda and Arts Council England.
"...the overall effect of this immersive performance is genuinely, lastingly disturbing. And when the action comes to its abrupt end and the audience is propelled outside, there is no applause to release it from the terrifying grip of the drama." Total Politics
"Perhaps the key question is whether anything was lost through this interactive staging of The New World Order in comparison with a more conventional theatrical experience. In this case, everything was gained. For a production framed around cruelty and oppression, being able to see, sense, smell and even taste the action only contributed to the impact." Tom Leahy
PRODUCTION CREDITS Brighton Festival 2007
CAST: Kate Dyson, Beth Fitzgerald, Gabriel Floyd, Sam Gledhill, Richard Hahlo, Hugh Ross, Dominick , Ross Sutherland and Jem Wall
Lighting: Clare O'Donoghue
For Brighton Festival: Jane McMorrow, Matt Lyndon Jones, Philip Morgan, Tanya Ashdown
For Hydrocracker: Richard Hahlo and Jem Wall
PRODUCTION CREDITS Brighton Festival & Barbican 2011
CAST: Richard Hahlo, Hugh Ross, Esther Ruth Elliot, Ross Sutherland, Matthew Wait, Jane Wood and Jem Wall.
Boys: Finley Gee and Pieter Snepvangers.
COMMUNITY CAST: Alex Papadikis, Andrea Pope, Arielle Brown, Bryony Jarvis Taylor, Clare Joseph, Ema Dennis Edwards, Gerry Knoud, Harry Harrington, Jenny Glithero, Kayode Ewumi, Malachi Small, Zia Ahmed
Direction: Ellie Jones
Design: Ellen Cairns
Sound: Thor McIntyre-Burnie
Lighting: Tim Mascall
Community Cast Director: Corinne Metcalf
Production Manager: Philip Morgan
Stage Manager: Ruth Perrin
ASM: Hayley Craven
Technician: William Bone
Technician: Jonathan Hewlett
Assistant Designer: Sam Horton