A virtual return to theatre

Published: 28 September 2020
Reporter: David Upton

Petrichor for Oldham Coliseum

On November 20-21 Oldham Coliseum Theatre invites audiences back into the historic building for a brand-new experience: 360° live-action and animated virtual reality show Petrichor, by Manchester’s ThickSkin.

It will be presented socially-distanced in the Coliseum’s 550-seat main auditorium, with a maximum capacity of 20 people per performance, seated separately and arriving no more than 15 minutes before performance start time. The production will be viewed on VR headsets made medical-grade safe before each use.

Petrichor combines movement, sound, pace and tension to create an immersive experience. Set in a parallel universe, it explores escape and connection; featuring two performers, an original soundtrack and projected animation, mixing the language of theatre, gaming, cinema and virtual reality. Recommended for ages 13 and above.

There is also the opportunity to access Petrichor online with The Lowry from October 26 to November 1.