• Petrichor

  • Stage


  • £10.00


  • 70mins

A MATCHBOX Production by ThickSkin.

An immersive, theatre in virtual reality experience.

Created by Jonnie Riordan, Jess Williams & Ben Walden.

Co-presented with Lancaster Arts

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.

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

Includes flashing images.


Please find safety measures further down the page. 

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ThickSkin’s intense, flickering two-hander about automatons in a totalitarian regime makes gripping, immersive VR viewing

The Guardian

What to Expect

Here's a look at what to expect from your Petrichor onsite virtual reality experience.

Theatre in Virtual Reality

Directors Jonnie Riordan and Jess Williams discuss creating this innovative Theatre in VR experience.

Safety Measures

The safety and wellbeing of our audiences, staff and volunteers is our top priority. Our team have worked extremely hard to introduce safety measures and make tweaks to some of our old routines so we can welcome you back confidently, comfortably and safely.

Please remember to book accordingly with guidelines surrounding households, support bubbles and socialising.

Here’s everything you need to know about experiencing new cinema and enjoying live performance in our venue again.

Safety Measures

Get in Touch

The Dukes,
Moor Lane,

Booking enquiries: tickets@dukeslancaster.org

General enquiries: ask@dukeslancaster.org

Box Office: 01524 598500

Opening Times

August 2020 onward (until further notice)

Sun & Mon: Closed

Tue - Sat: Our Box Office will be working at reduced hours, open from Tuesday – Sunday from 10.30am – 4.30pm. Screenings will start at the time advertised. Please arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before each screening to reduce queuing but in good time to be seated comfortably. 

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