ThickSkin: Petrichor (VR)

ThickSkin: Petrichor (VR)


Welcome to Petrichor. Thousands applied and you have been selected. This is a new beginning, a clean slate, a second chance. You are an important part of this machine and that’s all you need to think about. 

Step into a new world. A world where every single day is exactly the same. Petrichor is a dystopian reality, where every moment is muted, managed and monochrome. Nothing bad ever happens. Nothing good does either. Excitement and happiness have been traded for a world without pain and suffering.

A chance meeting brings two unlikely individuals together and offers a small glimpse of what life could be. Their newfound connection sends ripples through this ordered world. They begin to question every decision, every step and every thought they’ve ever had. Could there be something more than this?

Combining live-action theatre and animation, Petrichor is a brand new, one-of-a-kind immersive Theatre in VR experience exploring the hopes and fears of our current and future existence.

Lancaster Arts is proud to present Petrichor for the digitally curious: a Matchbox production by ThickSkin, created by Jonnie Riordan, Jess Williams & Ben Walden and in partnership with The Dukes.

The University Library is delighted to welcome Petrichor as the first event in its newly opened extension. This immersive performance blurs the boundaries between virtual and physical worlds and is a fantastic introduction to our vision for what the Library will offer in the future.

Phil Cheeseman, Assistant Director: Academic Services
ThickSkin’s intense, flickering two-hander about automatons in a totalitarian regime makes gripping, immersive VR viewing.

★★★★ The Guardian 

Important information:

This work contains flashing imagery 

Anyone attending the show must be over the age of 13 to wear a VR headset. 

A captioned version of the performance is available upon request. Please notify Lancaster Arts when booking if you require the performance in this format. 

As always, our Covid measures have been put in place to ensure you have a great experience in a comfortable and safe way.  Seating has been arranged with social distancing in place and all equipment will be cleaned between performances. You will receive further instructions about accessing the venue near to the event.

What to expect from your Petrichor VR experience:

Lancaster Arts is Covid Secure:

Find out about the key precautions we’ve taken to present this season.

Please note:

Tickets will NOT be available to purchase at the door. Please book online to avoid disappointment.