Fire and explosions: The science of pyrotechnic effects

6.00pm to 7.15pm, Monday 15 February

The Theatre

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  • Sparkler alight


    Credit: Gabriel Pollard via Wikimedia Commons [CC BY-SA 2.5]


Standard £14

Concession £10

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Event description

How do we make gunpowder and launch fireworks in the air? How do they create the intricate patterns in the sky at firework displays or the bangs, whistles and crackles for sound effects?

Join one of the UK's most popular pyrotechnics presenter Matthew Tosh for a journey from fundamental combustion to the complex and visual effects seen around the world. Be prepared for some fiery demos and explosive bangs at this show for families.


Matthew Tosh is a presenter, broadcaster and pyrotechnician. He’s built a reputation for bringing energy, enthusiasm and creative “spark” to events, live performances, television, radio and education projects. He is particularly well-known for his live event work involving fireworks and pyrotechnics all over the UK. Matthew has supervised fireworks as part of the London 2012 Torch Relay, as well as at many live orchestra concerts, awards ceremonies and, of course, Bonfire season displays.


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