‘Operation Black Antler’ runs at HOME, Manchester from 7 – 17 June, 2017

Blast Theory and Hydrocracker presents

Operation Black Antler 

Go undercover for one night across secret locations in Manchester to explore the moral corruption at the heart of state surveillance. What will you do when the power is in your hands?

From four-times BAFTA nominated artists’ group Blast Theory, and critically-acclaimed immersive theatre company Hydrocracker, Operation Black Antler is an immersive theatre piece that invites audiences to enter the murky world of undercover surveillance and question the morality of state-sanctioned spying.

Upon receipt of a text message, ticket-holders will be instructed to meet at a location close to HOME, before being directed to secret locations for their undercover briefing and operation in a deeply immersive performance. The two-hour performance culminates at HOME.

For 40 years British police officers have been undercover inside protest groups. Scandals such as Wikileaks, the Snowden affair and the revelations about the Special Demonstration Squad show that secret forces within the state have little respect for law.

In Operation Black Antler you are given a new identity as part of a small team; you are briefed and then sent into an undercover operation. Once inside, you can choose to take part in a series of challenges that encourage you to consider what is and isn’t acceptable in the name of security. From a first-hand perspective, you must make decisions and then reflect on the consequences of your decisions. What will you do when the power is in your hands? 

Matt Adams, co-founder of Blast Theory, commented:

“Wikileaks, the Snowden affair, and the revelations about the Special Demonstration Squad show that secret forces within the state have little respect for the law. “In Operation Black Antler you are given power and control and you have to choose how to exercise it. It may be a work of fiction, but our experience is that works of this kind have a powerful effect on those who take part. It is not a world of easy certainties; it is challenging and it is not for everyone. We aim to create unforgettable experiences that are deeply engaged with society and politics.

Originally co-commissioned by Ideas Test and the Brighton Festival, Operation Black Antler was developed with support from Arts Council England, the Chalk Cliff Trust, and in partnership with Dramatic Resources.

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