From 24 to 27 June, Riverside Theatres presents Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo, a widely acclaimed show where audiences come eye to eye with creatures that roamed Australia millions of years ago. Check out an interview with Erth’s Artistic Director, Scott Wright, below.
What is Erth and what is Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo?
Erth is a visual and physical theatre company based in Sydney, at an awesome venue called Carriageworks. We have been around for about 20 years and tour shows around Australia and overseas.
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo is a very cool show that is presented as a live animal display, like Steve Irwin would have done at Australia Zoo, but instead of crocodile and snakes we have dinosaurs.
All of the dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures are Australian and during the show we let kids come up and pat them, feed them … and if the kids behave badly, we feed them to the dinosaurs (joking)!
How was the concept for Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo inspired?
We do a lot of work with museums throughout the world, making life size dinosaur puppets, and we decided that we would make some of our own and promote Australia prehistoric natural history. The show is 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.
Who are some of the most popular characters?
The baby dinosaurs and the big scary carnivores. One truly amazing thing about their popularity is that we have many dinosaurs that have appeared on various youtube clips. We totalled the amount of hits the other day and discovered that our dinosaurs have amassed over 5 million hits collectively. One dino in particular has 3 million to herself!
The puppet designs are amazing! Who creates them and how?
We have a team of amazing artists in Erth’s Studio where everything is created for the show, from making the puppets to creating the sound effects for each dinosaur.
What’s the best thing about taking this production on tour?
One of the endearing things about touring the show is performing the work in more and more regional towns. The audiences are so warm and appreciative. 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.
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo is a once-in-a-lifetime interactive performance that is sure to delight audiences of all ages! Don’t miss it at Riverside from 24 – 27 June.
Check out some great production shots below: