What We Do
Based in Brighton and an Associate Artist of Brighton Dome and Festival, Hydrocracker is known for making immersive theatre with a political edge and involving its audience in the narrative.
Since 2007 we have created six major works commissioned and partnered by Brighton Festival, Ideas Test, Manchester HOME, University of Brighton, The Barbican, Shoreditch Town Hall and Theatre503:
At the heart of our practice is a match of text/narrative, high quality acting (by professionals and guest non-professionals) that is up close and personal, and a site that makes the story speak more powerfully. Hydrocracker also experiments with the level of agency of its audiences and how it can best use its rehearsal processes to enable non-professional participants to reach new levels of performance.
Hydrocracker is a company that professes to “want more for our audiences than to sit in the dark and watch”. This robust, inventive promenade performance of Joe Orton’s farce, presented [on Brighton Pier] demonstrates how true Hydrocracker is to its words. The Times
Hydrocracker has also worked with young actors under the banner of Firecracker making:
Hydrocracker is currently developing a new version of Wild Justice, and will be workshopping it in autumn 2017.
In September 2017, under the auspices of The World Transformed, we will be hosting a workshop/discussion with NHS workers and thinkers aimed at developing new work on the rationing of health care. and We are also researching a piece on the the effect of the invention of electricity.
The genius of Black Antler is it doesn’t tell us what to think. Like me, you could sit within spitting distance of an unflinchingly truthful performer and experience the friendly face and soft tones of evil in a social setting.
Copyright © 2017 Hydrocracker Theatre Company
Hydrocracker Theatre Company is a company limited by guarantee under the laws of England and Wales.
It is funded by sponsorship and the Arts Council of England.
Company Reg No 7152773, Registered in London, UK,
Registered office address:
The Bell House, 57 West St, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1BS
Photo credits: New World Order by Matthew Andrews © 2007 & 2011;
Erpingham Camp by Peter Chrisp © 2009;
The Consultant © 2011 by Matthew Andrews;
All other images Judith Hibberd, Neil Fleming & Francois Norris