The four-wheeled stars of the hit movie fran­chise are com­ing to a city near you in a new live-ac­tion arena show


IF YOU’R E A FA N OF any­thing on four wheels, chances are you have been ex­posed to at least a lit­tle bit of the fan­fare gen­er­ated by the Fast & Fu­ri­ous fran­chise. There is no deny­ing that the in­sti­tu­tion has brought with it a whole new gen­er­a­tion of car fans, and now Fast & Fu­ri­ous has jumped off the big screen and into a spec­tac­u­lar arena show. It’s play­ing at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around the UK and Europe, and evo re­cently at­tended the spec­tac­u­lar open­ing night at Lon­don’s O2 Arena.

Mas­ter­minded by Rowland French, Fast & Fu­ri­ous Live has been de­vel­oped to give fans of the se­ries a taste of the ac­tion in a live for­mat. In de­vel­op­ment for nearly five years, the pro­duc­tion team had to break new ground in live­ac­tion spe­cial ef­fects to bring to­gether a show able to recre­ate some of the movies’ most iconic scenes.

Dig­i­tal pro­jec­tion mapping was one such in­no­va­tion, with over­head pro­jec­tors fill­ing the show floor with en­vi­ron­ments rel­e­vant to each scene. One such use was in the recre­ation of the open­ing race from 2 Fast 2 Fu­ri­ous, in which Paul Walker’s sil­ver Nissan Sky­line GT-R is pitched against ri­vals. In this lay­out, the driv­ers not only recre­ated the ac­tion live, but did so in LED- clad cars, vir­tu­ally creat­ing each re­spec­tive liv­ery, all while in­ter­act­ing with the over­head pro­jec­tions. The ef­fects were de­vel­oped specif­i­cally for Fast & Fu­ri­ous Live, and pro­vided one of the most thrilling scenes of the evening.

The ac­tion takes place within a 50 x 25 me­tre stage set, with each of the se­quences played out by ex­pertly trained driv­ers from a back­ground in stunt driv­ing or the pro­fes­sional drift cir­cuit. Ul­ti­mately, the com­pact stage size does limit the ac­tion, but it also fos­ters an im­pres­sive com­bi­na­tion of car con­trol and in­no­va­tive chore­og­ra­phy.

If you’re a fan of the films, you’ll find plenty to like in Fast & Fu­ri­ous Live, with all the thrills, spills and army sur­plus ve­hi­cles that make the movies such a hit with au­di­ences.

The tour vis­its Sh­effield, New­cas­tle, Manch­ester, Birm­ing­ham, Belfast and Glas­gow, be­tween 27 April and 13 May. For tick­ets (from £42), head to fa­s­tand­fu­ri­ous­

Top: jet-pow­ered Ice Charger starred in the eighth film in the fran­chise, The Fate of the Fu­ri­ous. Left: Led-clad Nissan Sky­line GT-R bat­tles ri­vals

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