Petrichor Artwork

Sat 31 October - Sun 1 November


Experience online at home or in Virtual Reality at The Lowry.

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PETRICHOR is a MATCHBOX production for ThickSkin.

Experience online at home or in Virtual Reality (VR) at The Lowry

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?

Watching at The Lowry

Select a performance and pay by clicking the Book Tickets button above. At The Lowry you will be given a VR headset to use and seated in a socially distanced manner. All VR headsets will be medically sanitised between use. If you would like to read more about our Covid-19 safety guidance please read our FAQs.

Watching online at home

Buy your ticket here. You will receive an email with a link to the play that can be viewed on any smart device or computer with or without a VR headset. If you choose not to use a VR headset the experience will still be fully interactive. You’ll be able to move the screen of your smart device or computer around, giving you a full 360 degree experience.

You will be able to access PETRICHOR at any time from 26 October at 9am until 1 November at 11.55pm.

Supported by Arts Council England, Backstage Trust, November Productions and Waterside Arts & Creative Industries Trafford.

Developed with support from Lawrence Batley Theatre, Tron Theatre and Glasgow Life.

To book the online experience, click here.


‘Technically daring and breathlessly orchestrated’

Metro on The Static

‘All the ingredients to inspire a new generation in theatre’

The Good Review

‘Truly stunning’ The Scotsman on How Not To Drown

The Scotsman

School Bookings

Click here for school bookings.

Once you have booked a ticket, you will receive an email with a link to the play that can be viewed on any smart device or computer, with or without a VR headset. The link will work for one week from Monday 2nd November.

Enhance your experience

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.