What We Do
We make theatre in non-theatre spaces and immerse our audiences in the worlds we create.
"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.... a logistical as well as an artistic triumph." The Guardian
Since 2007 we have created six major works commissioned and partnered by Brighton Festival, Ideas Test, HOME, Manchester, The Barbican, Shoreditch Town Hall, University of Brighton and Theatre503.
At the heart of our practice is a match of text/narrative, high quality acting that is up close and personal, and a site that makes the story speak more powerfully:
“Hydrocracker is a company that profess to ‘want more for our audience than to sit in the dark and watch’. This robust, inventive performance of Joe Orton’s farce, presented (on Brighton Pier) demonstrates how true Hydrocracker is to its words.” The Times
Recent work has experimented with the level of agency for our audiences and how best we can use our rehearsal process to enable local non-professional performers to develop believable characters and reach new levels of performance.
Copyright © 2018 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
We are developing a new work for 2020, You Can Save Me, which investigates the impact of AI and Big Data through the prism of a future health care system. For more details see here (link).
Hydrocracker is also currently developing a new version of Wild Justice, an immersive revenge tragedy for the 21st century.
Hydrocracker is led by Artistic Director/performer Jem Wall and co-director Richard Hahlo supported by Writer and General Manager Neil Fleming, Creative Producer Judith Hibberd, and Associate Director Nathan-Crossan Smith. We are based in Brighton and are supported by a five strong Steering Group and funding from Dramatic Resources.
Website 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