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Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo at the Theatre Royal Windsor

Published by: Clare Brotherwood on 19th Oct 2015 | View all blogs by Clare Brotherwood

I have tremendous respect for puppeteers. They make inanimate objects come alive. Just look at the affect War Horse has on its audiences.

Now I’m in love with baby dinosaurs. Don’t ask me their names, but in the foyer after this show I found myself stroking one!

The babies were just the right size for younger members of the audience. The show is said to be for all ages from the age of three, but my five-year-old companion was scared, even though he’d seen the show before, clamping his hands over his ears when the bigger dinosaurs roared.

I put this down, in part, to zoo keeper Shaun Morton’s presentation. His gung ho attitude, encouraging young volunteers to befriend the dinosaurs and then whipping them away at the last minute, declaring, ‘I didn’t think you’d do it!’ while his colleague shook his head in amazement, may have been exciting for older children but I did see a couple of younger ones in tears while my little friend was huddling under my armpit.

Having said that, it is down to the skills of puppeteers Jeremy Hancock, Rhys Jennings, Rafe Young and Sophie McBean, not to mention designer Steve Howarth, that the models are so realistic. Shaun’s commentary, though delivered at a rate of Aussie knots, is informative and, for the most part, fun, but it is the puppets, or rather, the puppeteers, who are the real stars of this show.

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo continues touring:

Oct 25-26: Croydon Concert Hall

Oct 27-28: Chelmsford Civic Theatre

Oct 30-Nov 1: The Lowry Salford

Nov 3-4: St George’s Hall Bradford

Nov 6-7: Lighthouse Poole

Nov 8-9: St David’s Hall Cardiff

Nov 10-11: Princes Theatre Clacton

Nov 13-14: The Stables Milton Keynes

Nov 15: Theatre Royal Bath


1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 2 years ago
    Thanks, Clare. Sounds exciting ... even a little overwhelming for the smallest members of the audience!
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