The Wonderstruck rocket show

6.00pm to 7.15pm, Tuesday 6 August

The Theatre

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

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  • Credit: Peter Wright/Wonderstruck
  • Type

  • Audience

    Ages 7+

  • Speakers

    • Peter Wright


Standard £16


Concession £10


Members and Patrons £7

Event description

How does a rocket engine really work? Join Wonderstruck's Peter Wright to find out, on a journey from Ancient China to modern space tourism. All of this accompanied by fireballs, a hybrid rocket motor and a working rocket car. 

This event is particularly suitable for ages 7+.

About the speaker

Erstwhile alternative poet, parachutist and American footballer, Peter has nurtured a lifelong passion for science.  His childhood fascination with setting things on fire and propelling them at high speed led him to study maths & physics at Portsmouth Polytechnic in the 1980s.  Since then he has embarked on what can only be described as an eccentric and somewhat varied career path.  Over the years he has built parts for nuclear submarines, written freelance science articles for publications such as New Scientist and Focus magazine, spent a year travelling through China and the Middle East researching the Mongol Empire and its contact with the Crusader states during the thirteenth century, been a science teacher and, of course, set up Wonderstruck, which has now been spreading sciencey goodness around schools, festivals and public events since 2004.

He is currently building an 8 foot tall robot that belches fire.


The doors will open at approximately 5.30pm, with a prompt start at 6.00pm.

Latecomers will be admitted into the gallery.


The theatre is on the first floor and there is step-free access from the street via lift.

The closest underground station is Green Park, which is step-free.

There is space at floor level in the theatre for wheelchair users.

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Our theatre is equipped with an Audio Induction Loop. 

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