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Operation Black Antler

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.

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?

Please note that this performance is off-site. Upon receipt of a text message, ticket holders will be instructed to meet at a location close to Southbank Centre.

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.

... this kind of imaginative conspiracy shakes one up a bit, makes one look at the world differently...
The Guardian ★★★★
Thought provoking and superbly performed immersive experience with a political charge
The Stage ★★★★
Difficult, disturbing, challenging - and one of the most gripping pieces of theatre you'll ever see
Manchester Evening News ★★★★★

Dates & times

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Secret Location


Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


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Age restriction
For ages 18+.

Event information
Please be advised this show deals with sensitive subject matters. Please email if you would like to discuss anything further, or find members of the team at the Debrief Space after the show.

Please note that the Sunday 7 April event will be filmed.

Please ensure you provide your mobile phone number during booking in order to take part in this event.

This performance is off-site. Upon receipt of a text message, ticket holders will be instructed to meet at a location close to Southbank Centre, before being directed to secret locations for their undercover briefing and operation in a deeply immersive performance. The two-hour performance culminates at Southbank Centre in a debrief space.

Parts of this performance are outside. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

Please ensure your mobile phone is fully charged.

By booking tickets for this event, you are agreeing for your data to be shared with Blast Theory for the purpose of this event only. You will be contacted by Blast Theory using the contact details you provide, and these will not be used for any other purpose.

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Access information
This is a promenade performance and there are elements where walking is required. The performances on Tuesday 9 April at 6.30pm, 7pm, 7.30pm, 8pm and 8.30pm are wheelchair accessible.

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Operation Black Antler