Shortland Street's VR experience to travel the country

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Shortland Street actors try out a VR headset putting them into an immersive scenario staring themselves.

In conjunction with their 25th anniversary, Shortland Street have launched a virtual reality experience for the public to try.

The VR experience puts you in the shoes of a young doctor who must look after a potentially critical patient.

On Monday, the cast of the show tried the new equipment for the first time.

Actress Lucy Lovegrove (who plays Sarah "Sass" Connelly)  tries the VR experience for the first time.
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Actress Lucy Lovegrove (who plays Sarah "Sass" Connelly) tries the VR experience for the first time.

Sally Martin, who plays Nicole Kruse-Miller said the experience was absolutely crazy.

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"The whole experience of being able to turn round and turn back and be in the scene was a real trip," said Martin who was able to see herself.

Everyone on set came along to give the new gear a go.
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Everyone on set came along to give the new gear a go.

Pua Magasiva, who plays Vinnie Kruse, also gave it a go becoming very invested in the experience.

Although he did not feature in it like Martin, it was still strange for Magasiva to see his friends and castmates.

"It kind of felt weird because it was a virtual world but they're there doing the things that we do in TV," said Magasiva.

Executive creative director of TVNZ ​Jenz Hertzum said that in addition to the feature length episode and other celebratory content that plays around the May 25, they wanted the roadshow to be a truly memorable and immersive experience for the audience across the country.

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"We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate Shortland Street's 25th year than with a VR experience that allows audience members to save a life assisted by characters from New Zealand's most beloved drama," said Hertzum.

The public are invited to come along and try out the virtual reality roadshow touring the country. 

Dunedin - Museum Reserve - Weds 10 May, 12pm - 6pm 

Christchurch -  Cathedral Square Fri 12 May, 12pm - 6pm

Wellington - Waitangi Stream Promenade - Sun 14 May, 10am - 4pm 

Palmerston North - The Square - Thurs 18 May, 12pm - 6pm 

Hamilton - The Base - Sun 21 May, 12pm - 6pm

Auckland - Botany Town Square -  Weds 24 May, 12pm - 6pm 

 - Stuff

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