WATCH OUT - ravenous reptiles will be descending on West Yorkshire Playhouse this week.
Those who dare to get up close and personal with prehistoric creatures are invited to Dinosaur Zoo, where ingenious puppetry from the other side of the world is used to bring dinosaurs to life.
From cute baby dinos to teeth-gnashing giants, the show includes a carnivorous theropod known as the ‘Australovenator’ – Australia’s version of the American T-Rex.
Dinosaur Zoo is the creation of Sydney-based theatre company Erth, which specialises in creating live theatre with eye-popping visual experiences that incorporate giant puppetry and inflatables amongst other.
Founded in 1990, the company has won critical acclaim and even performed at the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
Dinosaur Zoo has played all over the world, from Los Angeles to Bahrain, and has enjoyed season as Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in London, in the West End and at the Edinburgh Festival.
Director Scott Wright said: “It could be described as a Live Animal Presentation, much like you might see at a zoo or a wildlife park but we have dinosaurs, great dinosaurs, from very small babies to some of the largest ever found. We teach the audience aspects of animal husbandry and we invite some members of the audience onto the stage to assist us with feeding and caring for our dinosaurs.”
As well as going onstage to help the zoo keepers, audience members who are brave enough can also meet the dinosaurs after the show in a ‘meat and greet’ session.
Mr Wright added: “Dinosaur Zoo appeals to anybody between the ages of three and 300. The show is naturally geared towards kids. Children worldwide love dinosaurs but one of the surprising things about the show is that adults get a real kick out of it too. The show does have some great educational overtones but at the end of the day it is very funny and has a lovely endearing nature to it.”
Dinosaur Zoo comes to West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Quarry Theatre today and tomorrow, with performances at 11am and 2pm.
Tickets are still available for the shows, which include a 15-minute ‘meat and greet’ with the dinosaurs after the performance, by calling the box office on 0113 213 7700.
For more information visit www.wyp.org.uk