Operation Black Antler is an immersive theatre piece that invites you to enter the murky world of undercover surveillance and question the morality of state-sanctioned spying.
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. 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?
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.
Co-created with critically acclaimed immersive theatre company Hydrocracker, Operation Black Antler seeks to explore this moral corruption as well as the wider ethical questions of when surveillance is justified.
From a firsthand perspective, you must make decisions about what is and what is not acceptable. And then reflect on the consequences of your decisions.
[T]his kind of imaginative conspiracy shakes one up a bit, makes one look at the world differently and obliges one to engage in lively, post-event debate about the morality or police surveillance.
For more information on the development of Operation Black Antler, read a blog by Blast Theory artist Matt Adams
Further reading and more about the themes explored in Operation Black Antler:
This copy has been amended to better reflect the intentions of the artists as a result of direct concerns from the public. Brighton Festival, Blast Theory and Hydrocracker apologise for the misleading representation of the piece and hope the above corrections help to clarify.
Operation Black Antler is a new work by Blast Theory and Hydrocracker.