Petrichor (Online)

Petrichor (Online)

★★★★ "Gripping, immersive VR viewing... hallucinogenic hi-tech dystopia." The Guardian
★★★★ "A dazzling array of effects and never fails to fascinate and terrify...mind-blowingly vivid." The Scotsman
"A captivating piece of escapism. For a company to come out of such an artistically stifling period with such striking ambition is remarkable." A Younger Theatre
"Deftly delivered... Proof that you don’t have to be in a theatre to be in a theatre." The Stage

We are thrilled to invite audiences to a 360° immersive virtual reality experience, set in a dystopian society where happiness has been traded for a world without pain. Combining live-action theatre and animation, PETRICHOR explores the hopes and fears of our current and future existence.

You can enjoy PETRICHOR in person at Stratford East in our socially-distanced space or online from the comfort of your own home (click here for information about the in-theatre experience). 

You'll be able to watch the online experience of PETRICHOR at any time from Mon 07 Dec at 9am until Sun 13 Dec at 11.55pm. You can use your own VR headset or if you choose not to use a VR headset, the experience will still be interactive. You’ll be able to move the screen of your smart device or computer around, giving you a full 360-degree experience.

A MATCHBOX production by ThickSkin 
Created by Jonnie Riordan, Jess Williams & Ben Walden

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? 

PETRICHOR is a MATCHBOX production for ThickSkin. Supported by Arts Council England, Backstage Trust, November Productions, Oculus from Facebook and Waterside Arts & Creative Industries Trafford. Developed with support from Lawrence Batley Theatre, Tron Theatre and Glasgow Life.

If you would like to receive information about ThickSkin, sign up to their mailing list here.

Thick Skin logo  Matchbox logo

See It Safely

Rehearsal photos: Ray Chan

Runtime: Approximately 30-40 minutes  
Age Guidance: There is no age restriction for the online experience. 
Content Advisory Note: This production contains flashing images, moments of darkness, loud music.

Booking Enquiries – FOR ONLINE EXPERIENCE 
You can experience PETRICHOR from the comfort of your own home through any smartphone or computer without the need of a VR headset. To book an online experience, click the 'Book' button below.

You'll be able to watch the online experience of PETRICHOR at any time from Mon 07 Dec at 9am until Sun 13 Dec at 11.55pm. You do not need a VR headset to enjoy the show as the experience is interactive without one and you’ll be able to alter the view using the controls on your device.

After booking the online experience you will receive an email with a viewing link at the beginning of December. You can also book for the online experience from Mon 07 Dec, when you will receive the viewing link in your confirmation email. Please be sure to check your junk folder.

Enhance your home-viewing experience and get creative by ordering a VR goody bag, including a build-your-own-headset for use with any smartphone and an EP of three original tracks from the show. This can be added to your basket when booking and will be posted out to you the week before the show. You can purchase a goody bag up until Mon 30 Nov.

The PETRICHOR in-theatre experience will be at Stratford East from Tue 08 – Sat 12 Dec 2020. For more information and to book your tickets, click here. 

If you are school or education group then take a look at ThickSkin’s DISCOVER PACKAGE, where you can access the online experience for your students along with behind-the-scenes films and education resources. Click here for more information.



Created by Jonnie Riordan, Jess Williams and Ben Walden

Ayesha Fazal  
Ayesha trained at Falmouth University. Performance credits include Passage for Par choreographed by Rosemary Lee (Groundwork Festival), Boomtown Springs (Boomtown Festival) and Ladylyke (Fledge Festival). Ayesha also founded undergraduate contemporary dance company, Company Nexus, for which she choreographed and performed 7 feet below.

Dominic Coffey
Dominic trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds. Upon graduating Dominic gained a place on the Jasmin Vardimon Professional Development Course where he had the opportunity to tour as a part of JV2. Dominic has worked professionally with Gary Clarke, Hawk Dance Theatre, Carlos Pons Guerra, Cahoots NI, Joe Garbett, Urban Conceptz, Fallen Angels Dance Theatre, Joss Arnott and more. He has performed nationally and internationally including throughout China, India and USA. Dominic is also an Educational Facilitator for Jasmin Vardimon and has taught at Salford University and Chorlton High School.

Ayesha Fazal by Ray ChanDominic Coffey by Ray Chan

Direction & Choreography: Jonnie Riordan & Jess Williams 
Animation: Ben Walden 
Music and Sound Design: Neil Bettles 
Editor/Visual Effects: Jim Dawson for TripleDotMakers 
VR Photography: Keith Myers 
Photography: Ray Chan 
Executive Producer: Laura Mallows 
Producer: Steph Connell 
Production Manager: Hannah Blamire 
Assistant Producer: Lauren Townsend 
Marketing Consultant: Rhea Mehmet 
Press Consultant: Simon Thompson 

Access & Events

PETRICHOR incorporates creative captioning and is suitable for deaf audiences. The show contains flashing images, loud music and moments of darkness. It may not be suitable for audiences with sensory disorders or people with an autism spectrum disorder. If you have any access-related questions or queries, then please contact

Dates, Times & Tickets
  • Mon 7 Dec 9:00 AM £6.00
  • Mon 7 Dec - Sun 13 Dec £6.00
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