Ingenious, interactive puppetry show Dinosaur Zoo comes, direct from its successes at Edinburgh, in London and around the world, to the Grand Theatre on Sunday 8 and Monday 9 March 2015.

Australian-based creators Erth Visual & Physical use the real science of palaeontology along with puppetry to bring dinosaurs to life in this production which is billed as an interactive experience for all the family. You will be able to meet and learn how to feed a menagerie of insects, mammals and dinosaurs that once roamed the earth.

Audiences can either watch from a safe distance or you can get closer to the action with the special ‘Danger Seats’ which allow the most intrepid audience members to get up on stage and assist the Zoo Keepers in their daily tasks. Performances conclude with a post-show ‘meat and greet’, offering everybody a chance to meet the dinosaurs in person.

Based in Sydney, Australia, Erth create original live theatre. Since their beginnings in 1990, the company have strived to provide audiences with eye-popping visual experiences incorporating, amongst other disciplines, giant puppetry and inflatable environments. Erth have performed internationally at events and festivals, including the Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in 2000.

Dinosaur Zoo first roared into the UK in 2013 and Dinosaur Zoo is fast-becoming a worldwide hit, playing to family and schools audiences all over the world, exciting children and adults alike with its popular mix of entertaining humour, adventurous daring and informative learning.

Artistic Director of Erth Scott Wright says of the show: “It’s very funny but educational at the same time. We always get people coming up to us at the end of the show telling us how much they enjoyed the show, and how they didn’t know what to expect but were really pleased that they came. The show really does appeal to so many people and it’s always great to do the show for new audiences. The response and enthusiasm is wonderful, and you feel like the show evolves with every thank you and round of applause.”

Age guidance is 3 years and above, running time is 50 minutes plus the post-show ‘meat and greet’. Dinosaur Zoo is at the Grand Theatre Blackpool Sunday 8 March with shows at 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 4:30pm and Monday 9 March 2015 at 10:30am and 4:30pm.

Tickets cost £14 with ‘Danger Seats’ at £16.50 (first three rows of stalls only) and Schools £10 (buy 10 and get an additional ticket free). To book call the box office on 01253 74 33 39 or visit the website.


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    Melanie Whitehead is the Creative Director of The Old Electric, Blackpool's newest theatre. She previously worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.

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