The Drill

“It's a dress rehearsal for the real thing. And you have a duty to make it real."

Breach’s work to date has focused on re-working history through performance – using archival materials and first-hand interviews to build conflicting narratives about how things may have happened.


For this ambitious new project, the company moves from the past to the future – from re- enactment to “pre-enactment”. Each of The Drill’s cast members has undergone training with security services, first responders and casualty simulators to investigate different stages of disaster “rehearsal”.

From workshops in our workplaces to the large-scale scenarios using actors, fake wounds and explosives we see on the news, what kinds of futures are we being encouraged to picture and prepare for – and how might these “rehearsals” bleed into our off-stage lives? ​​


Mashing up documentary film and devised theatre in the company’s signature deconstructed style, The Drill examines how anxieties around security and terrorism have become ingrained in the daily life of today’s cities, and asks whether we might be able to imagine and practice something radically different.


Directed by
Dorothy Allen-Pickard (video)
Billy Barrett (live)


Written by
Billy Barrett
Ellice Stevens

Performed by
Amarnah Amuludun
Luke Lampard
Ellice Stevens

Lighting design / production management by
Ethan Hudson 

Sound design by
Kieran Lucas

Assistant Camera

Jak Payne

Produced by
Ellie Claughton

The Drill is co-commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre, The Bike Shed Theatre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, HOME and New Diorama Theatre, and supported by Arts Council England.

★★★★ "Get[s] your mind whirring at full speed ... bit by bit, The Drill bores into your brain." - WhatsOnStage