participation: past events
You Can Save Me: R&D on a new
Immersive work about a future NHS - September 2017
Renowned playwright and actor Steph Street (The Reluctant Fundamentalist for NYT and The Beautiful Forevers at The National) joined the Hydrocracker creative team to work with a group of NHS workers, thinkers and activists to explore their thoughts, fears and hopes for the NHS. This was the start of our work on a new immersive and thought-provoking piece for 2020, entitled You Can Save Me (previous working title The Choice). The debate was part of The World Transformed's Brighton 2017 event - a week-long multi-venue festival of politics, art, music and culture running alongside the 2017 UK Labour Party Conference.
Process Work at University of Salford - September 2017
Hydrocracker worked with a select group of MA Contemporary Practice Students at the University of Salford from September 19-21, 2017, exploring site-responsive and immersive theatre.
The Old Court Room, Brighton
Complicity & the Ethics of Undercover Security
To coincide with Operation Black Antler, Hydrocracker's 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.
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