Friday 12 - Sunday 28 May
Don a VR headset, jump on a playground swing, and be transported inside an experimental virtual reality ride created by the world’s only Thrill Engineer, Professor Brendan Walker, and his team of Thrill Laboratory technicians.
You may find yourself riding on the back of a giant mechanical jellyfish or atop a lumbering robot, you’ll find out when you get there!
High Roller: scoot through the metropolis inside a mono-wheel.
Thrill Laboratory rating “turbocharged”
Shuttlecock: leap tall structures in a single bound.
Thrill Laboratory rating “bonkers”
Jellyfish: undulate upwards to escape the deep abyss.
Thrill Laboratory rating “eerie”
Walker: from baby steps to giant strides - go strut your stuff.
Thrill Laboratory rating “feel-good”
Thrill Laboratory is a collective of artists, designers, engineers, scientists and technologists who have been perfecting the art of creating new forms of thrilling experience.
Find VR Playground at these sites in Norwich:
(click here to see a PDF of the full timetable)
Castle Mall, NR1 3DD (Ground Floor, outside Argos)
FRIDAY 12 – THURSDAY 18 MAY, 11am – 6pm
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA, NR4 7TJ
FRIDAY 12 – THURSDAY 18 MAY
TUESDAY – FRIDAY 11am – 5.30pm
SATURDAY & SUNDAY 11am – 4.30pm
The Adnams Spiegeltent, Chapelfield Gardens
WEDNESDAY 17 – THURSDAY 25 MAY (EXCEPT THURSDAY 18 MAY), 6 – 10pm
FRIDAY 26 MAY, 10am – 10pm
SATURDAY 27 MAY, 10am – 5pm & 7pm - 10pm
SUNDAY 28 MAY, 10am – 6pm
SATURDAY 20 & SUNDAY 21 MAY, 12 – 6pm
SATURDAY 27 – SUNDAY 28 MAY, 12 – 6pm
MONDAY 22 MAY, 3-7.30pm
TUESDAY 23 & WEDNESDAY 24 MAY, 12-7.30pm
THURSDAY 25 MAY, 12 – 5pm
What's the scariest moment of a theme park ride? When we accelerate? Or when we teeter on the brink before hurtling down? According to the self-styled "thrill engineer", Prof Brendan Walker, it's neither of the above. The scariest moment is when the safety restraints lock down and we realise there's no escape.
Suitable for ages 11+
Supported by The Forum. With thanks to Castle Mall and Norfolk & Norwich Festival Director’s Circle Supporters Simon De-Lacy Adams & Robin Norman.
The Tarmac Outdoor Programme is supported by The Paul Bassham Charitable Trust and The Geoffrey Watling Charity.
Co-commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Horizon Digital Economy Research, Arts Council England, Greenwich + Docklands International Festival. Co-produced by Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Horizon Digital Economy Research and Thrill Laboratory.