New immersive theatre piece lets viewers experience a plane crash

‘Not recommended for people of a nervous disposition’

Helen Coffey
Thursday 23 January 2020 13:32 GMT
Flying simulator performance lets audience experience plane crash

A new immersive performance will allow audience members to experience a plane crash.

Or at least, some audience members – there are “two realities and two possible outcomes to their journey”.

The flight simulator experience, called FLIGHT, will take place in Nottingham and is “not recommended for people of a nervous disposition,” according to the show’s description.

Created by Darkfield, the pop-up show takes place in a converted 40ft shipping container that’s been transformed into an exact replica of a Boeing 707 aircraft.

Once onboard, participants will be plunged into total darkness, while 360 degree sound and sensory effects will put each audience member at the centre the narrative.

The performance explores the “Many-Worlds” theory of quantum mechanics and takes audience members through two worlds, two realities and two possible outcomes to the journey.

“There are many worlds in which this plane lands safely,” says the show’s website. “We are not responsible for your final destination.”

Darkfield is a theatrical project that uses binaural sound to create a 3D stereo sound sensation, plus darkness and movement, to immerse the audience in fast-paced, constantly evolving narratives.

The show will run from 15-23 February throughout the day; tickets £8.

It’s not the only way of experiencing a flight without taking off.

In July 2019, a hotel in Japan announced it was opening a room with a flight simulator to appeal to aviation enthusiasts.

The Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu, inspired by its location near Tokyo Haneda Airport’s terminal 2, launched the Superior Cockpit Room from 18 July.

However, #avgeeks have to book the experience separately as it is not included with the room price.

The simulator experience, which must be taken with an instructor, lasts 90 minutes and costs 30,000 yen (£221).

Meanwhile, if guests book the Superior Cockpit Room – 25,300 yen (£186) a night for the twin room – they are not allowed to “sit in the pilot’s seat in the simulator or touch the instruments”, according to the hotel website.

Those who do book in for a flight will be able to simulate the experience of manoeuvring a Boeing 737-800 aircraft and “flying” from Haneda to Osaka’s Itami Airport.

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