The FX Factor: How science is used on stage

6.00pm to 7.15pm, Friday 19 August

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Type

    Talk particularly suitable for ages 7+
  • Speakers


Standard £14

Concession £10

Discounts for Ri Members and Ri Young Members

Event description

Flames, smoke and fireworks are used on TV and in film to add explosive atmosphere, but how do scientists go about making these effects? Join pyrotechnician and science communicator Matthew Tosh to find out, and explore the amazing world of live special effects. Learn how to make a controlled column of fire but not an explosion, how to create ankle hugging fogs without filling the entire stage, and much more. Expect lots of demos and maybe a few explosions in this exciting show.

Particularly suitable for ages 7+


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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