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107 years ago, Sir Ernest Shackleton set out on one of the era's most ambitious and harrowing journeys: to cross Antarctica coast-to-coast.

Over a century on, environmental scientist Tim Jarvis AM has recreated Shackleton’s epic, tragic feat of endurance in an immersive virtual reality experience created by Monkeystack. As we join Jarvis in following Shackleton’s footsteps, we too bear witness to another new and heartbreaking narrative: the icy environment that Shackleton and his peers once explored has now been transformed by the effects of anthropogenic climate change.

Equal parts catastrophic and transcendent, Thin Ice VR presents a uniquely affecting account of how humanity asserts its will over the extremes of nature — often in unforeseen ways.

Photo: Miles Rowland


"Thin Ice VR could be the shunt we need to shift our view of climate change, by providing us with the sense of awe and wonder towards Earth’s amazing polar regions."
— InDaily

A Monkeystack and Shackleton Epic Expedition production.

Director: James Calvert.

Executive Producers: Tim Jarvis AM, Justin Wight & Rhys Sandery.

Major Partner: Torrens University Australia.

Developed and financed with the assistance of: South Australian Film Corporation, Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund and Screen Australia

Supported by: Kathmandu, One Ocean Expeditions, Imagine Room Group and Documentary Australia Foundation


Mon 26 July - Sun 01 August
Sessions every 45 mins


Queens Theatre

Playhouse Ln & Gilles Arcade

Get directions


Full Price
– phone 1300 496 623 for bookings


Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Accessible. An accessible toilet is located outside to the right of the Queens Theatre when entering from street access.



20 mins, plus 15 mins preparation

Ticketing Policy

The 9.30am - 1.15pm (inclusive) weekdays sessions are currently on hold for school bookings - teachers please contact to book.

Not recommended for individuals who suffer severe claustrophobia, seizures, epilepsy or extreme vertigo.

Masks may be required for this event. More information will be provided closer to July.

Companion Card booking info can be found here.

Transaction fees apply.