Operation Black Antler

Operation Black Antler

Southbank Centre · 03 APR - 13 APR

Go undercover for one night to infiltrate a covert protest group active on the fringes of British society at an immersive theatre event taking place in a secret off-site location.

Lyn Gardner avatar
7 February 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Heads up on this collaboration between Blast Theory and Hydrocracker which was first seen at the Brighton Festival in 2016. In Operation Black Antler, you are part of a security surveillance team sent to infiltrate a covert protest group. Over the next two hours you make decisions as the ethics of surveillance are explored. It got some great reviews first time round and both of these companies know how to deliver performances that surprise at every turn. Snap those tickets up quick for the London run in April.”


In Operation Black Antler, you create a new identity as part of a small team and then head out to join an undercover operation. Moving from the safe house to your target location, you can choose to take part in a series of challenges.

You must decide what is and isn’t acceptable in the name of security while getting the job done. What will you do when the power is in your hands?

A co-creation from multi-award-winning interactive art pioneers Blast Theory and celebrated site-specific theatre company Hydrocracker, Operation Black Antler, a sell-out at Manchester’s HOME in 2017 and the Brighton Festival in 2016, looks at the moral implications of the use of undercover officers, as well as the wider ethical questions of when surveillance is justified.

For 40 years British police officers have been undercover inside protest groups. WikiLeaks, the Snowden affair and revelations about the Special Demonstration Squad highlight that controversial methods are in play.

Like many previous works from its creators, Operation Black Antler creates a unique perspective on the world of police surveillance and state intrusion, and asks important questions about the role of the individual in society.

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

Age recommendation: 18 +

Date & time

Opening 03 Apr
Wed 3 Apr - Sat 13 Apr, 6pm
Runtime: 2 hrs


Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road SE1 8XX London, UK · Get Directions

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