REVIEW: Dinosaur Zoo at Exeter Northcott Theatre
No matter how many times you tell children something isn’t real, they will always be the judge of that themselves.
My five-year-old son has already learned about dinosaurs at school so knows they are extinct, and was told at the beginning of theatre show Dinosaur Zoo that what they would be seeing was puppets – not real dinosaurs.
But none of this stopped him jumping up and down in excitement when the first dinosaur come on stage and asking, ‘Is it real mummy?’, to which I replied, ‘What do you think?’. And , of course, he answered, “Yes, they’re real!”.
Luckily the show started with baby dinosaurs which then grew in size.
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Creators Erth from Australia use ingenious puppetry to bring dinosaurs to life in the interactive and imaginative live show, suitable for all the family.
Its impressive cast of prehistoric creatures ranged from cute baby dinos to a carnivorous theropod known as the Australovenator, based on the most complete meat-eating dinosaur skeleton found in Australia.
The show lasted for one hour – the perfect length for children – and was highly entertaining and interactive with one girl even bravely putting her head in a dinosaurs mouth!
It’s also a factual show told in a fun way so not only did my children learn something – I did too!