“Acting is an emergency, and in an emergency you do whatever works. What you do in a fire drill may bear no resemblance to what you do in an actual fire, but your chances of survival are greatly improved by a past enactment of the drills” – Deb Margolin
Award-winning multimedia theatre-makers Breach have previously explored using performance to re-enact the past – from a 1985 clash between riot police and New Age travelers in The Beanfield (“Hums with anger ★★★★” – Guardian), to a 1960s experiment into teaching dolphins English in Tank (“Funny, dark and strangely dreamy ★★★★★” – Time Out). In The Drill, the company investigates rehearsals for the future – taking a critical look at safety drills and emergency response training.
Mashing up documentary film, devised theatre and audience interaction, The Drill examines what today’s disaster education says about our anxieties around security and terrorism. From workshops in workplaces to large-scale scenarios using actors, fake wounds and explosives, what kinds of futures are we being encouraged to imagine and prepare for – and how do these “rehearsals” bleed into our off-stage lives?