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‘World’s first virtual reality theatre platform’ launches

The National Youth Theatre and Central Saint Martins course will provide an introduction to a range of digital technologies, including virtual reality, 360-degree video, augmented reality and multi-sensory digital experiences. Photo: Shutterstock

A streaming service billed as the world’s first on-demand virtual reality experience for theatre has been launched.

The platform, called LIVR, aims to make theatre “more accessible to all” by giving users a “fully immersive 360-degree experience” of live performance from their homes.

Subscribers can stream shows using a mobile phone app for LIVR and watch them via a free virtual reality headset that is provided by the service.

A monthly subscription costs £5.99, with users receiving a credit each month to unlock a show of their choice.

To date, LIVR has captured more than 100 productions and will add eight new shows to the platform every month.

Productions currently available to watch include gig-theatre piece Electrolyte, Fringe First-winning show Woke, and the Thelmas’ Ladykiller.

Martin McGourty, Director at LIVR, says: “We have what sounds like a lofty ambition to make live theatre experience more accessible to all, but we believe VR truly helps achieve this by putting you at the performance to enjoy as though they were there, rather than simply watching.

“While nothing will ever compare to the real thing, LIVR now offers a genuine alternative for those who couldn’t get to the show in person. We also want to offer theatre makers a legacy home for their work with the opportunity to reach new audiences long after the run finishes while giving theatre fans the chance to catch some of the gems they may have otherwise missed.”

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