The Boy with Two Hearts returns to the Wales Millennium Centre this month (DETAILS HERE), prior to its run at the National Theatre in London. It’s a story of hope, from Afghanistan to Wales. Previously, this was the first production of Wales Millennium Centre’s re-opening season and was the first Welsh refugee story brought to the stage.

As a companion to the play is RIPPLES OF KINDNESS which is a virtual reality experience and completely free to watch.

Like the play, this story of brotherhood, love and positivity, this new communal virtual reality experience is inspired by the stories of Hussein Amiri and his family, who were forced to flee Afghanistan in 2000.

Created in collaboration with Hamed and Hessam Amiri to honour their brother’s incredible life, Ripples of Kindness invites small groups to share in the positive impact that Hussein had on everyone around him, from Afghanistan to Wales.

The experience is centred around the sofra – the living/dining space within the family home where the three brothers and their parents would meet, talk and exchange stories over food. The Amiris welcome you to join them at the sofra to (virtually) meet them and some of the people who came to their aid when they needed it most.

Become immersed in an ever-changing virtual and sensory world which combines text, performance, verbatim recordings, imagery and sound, and truly experience the Amiri family’s stories.

Amiri family photo

Opening times: Ripples of Kindness runs through till Sunday 18th September,

  • 11am – 7pm Monday to Saturday
  • 11am – 4pm Sunday
  • You can pre-book your free tickets online or simply turn up on the day.

The experience lasts 15 minutes. Please arrive 5 minutes before your allotted time for a health and safety briefing and equipment setup.

Ripples of Kindness is suitable for those aged 13+ due to the themes of displacement, death and loss explored in the experience and the size of the Oculus Quest 2 headsets and closed back headphones. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

There is a bit of a warning with the experience. While most people don’t have any negative reactions to Virtual Reality (VR), it may be disorientating for individuals who are neurodiverse, have hearing or sight impairments, or experience vertigo, epilepsy, dizziness, seizures, motion sickness or fainting.

If you are pregnant, please consult with your GP before taking part. The VR experience explores themes relating to displacement, death and loss which some people may find upsetting.

To find out more about RIPPLES OF KINDNESS go HERE.