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?

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

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?

★★★★ “This kind of imaginative conspiracy shakes one up a bit, makes one look at the world differently.” – The Guardian

★★★★★ “The genius of Black Antler is it doesn’t tell us what to think… Truly exciting theatrical experience.” – Morning Star

★★★★ “Thought-provoking and superbly performed immersive experience with a political charge.” – The Stage

★★★★★ “Unmissable stuff, beautifully crafted and delivered by two remarkable companies.” – Latest Brighton

★★★★★ “Highlight of the piece – The whole thing from start to finish was a masterpiece – more of this please!” – Ginger Wig

Co-commissioned by Ideas Test and Brighton Festival, Operation Black Antler has been developed with support from Arts Council England, The Chalk Cliff Trust and in partnership with Dramatic Resources.