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Wells’ The War of the Worlds is an 1897 science-fiction novel where two brothers from Surrey experience the world being invaded by Martians. Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds was his debut album from 1978, retelling the story in song. Layered Reality, also known as dotdotdot, combines both in this thrilling immersive experience as you go throughout the book in real life trying to escape the Martians. While the incredible immersive Sherlock Live Game and Vincent Van Gogh experience are both brilliant, this one of the only places you’ll be able to have a VR experience quite as unique as this.
In Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience, you’ll walk, climb and slide throughout the story with the help of live actors, pyrotechnics and walkaround sets, cutting-edge virtual reality, and temperature, touch and feel sensations that make your hair stand on end to make the experience truly immersive.
You’ll visit a huge variety of places from the book including the observatory, Horsell Common, and the boat ride. You can then relax in the The Red Weed Themed Bar with music made exclusively by Jeff Wayne, before spending the next 40 minutes desperately trying to survive. If you make it out, you’ll end up at the steampunk bar and restaurant named The Spirit of Man.
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Layered Reality, previously known as dotdotdot, is an immersive theatre company that creates virtual reality, or VR, events. Virtual reality is a simulated experience where you feel as if you are in a space that has been created either through special filming or animation. Their immersive experiences make you feel as if you are really there through technology, in this case through using VR, theatrical features and physical elements. Layered Reality’s first experience was SOMNAI, meant to feel like a lucid dream with its immersive techniques.
The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, argued to be the first science-fiction story, was previously adapted into a musical version by Jeff Wayne, and has now been brought to life through Layered Reality's immersive theatre experience. Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds is a double album that you can walk, climb and slide through; truly bringing the story to life in front of your eyes. Along with these shows, Layered Reality is also working on a new immersive experience set to take place in 17th-century London.