The University of Brighton is delighted to announce a new partnership with Hydrocracker, one of the foremost and critically acclaimed site-specific theatre companies working in the UK.
The University has worked with Hydrocracker over a number of years, through its Understanding Violent Conflict research cluster and the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics & Ethics (CAPPE). Most recently we have worked with Hydrocracker on their production, Operation Black Antler, which explored the murky world of undercover policing and was a big hit at the Brighton Festival 2016. The University staged a wide-ranging debate about the morality and politics of state surveillance to accompany the production and students took part in the production. Before that, the University also helped Hydrocracker research ideas about revenge and violence for Wild Justice, which won an Argus Angel at the Brighton Festival 2014
Hydrocracker have contributed to a range of events and debates at the University, mainly through CAPPE, and it is envisaged that the partnership can develop into new areas across the University.
Hydrocracker are enthusiastic about the University's future contributions to help them research their productions and provide them with test audiences to try out new ideas. Their next pieces of work are looking to explore Electricity and the ethics of science; the future of The NHS and Healthcare; and the development of work on revenge and violence.
Building on our past collaborations, the University hopes increasingly to contribute both theoretically and practically to Hydrocracker's work and to develop relevant research. In particular, it sees opportunities to explore areas of intertwining theory and practice through the long-term development of PhD and related opportunities.