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Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo (Underbelly and Erth)

By | Published on Saturday 17 August 2019

Our host Scott, an Australian palaeontologist and our notional zookeeper, invites us to enjoy what proves to be a dinosaur TED talk supported by a pageant of impressive puppets. We start with a small, hand-held baby Triceratops, progressing through half a dozen mostly Antipodean species to the full (juvenile) Tyrannosaurus rex. Each ‘bit’ involves one or more audience participants and I’m not wholly convinced of Scott’s bedside manner in this respect – they’re not exactly put at their ease and some scenarios (a couple of which are slightly odd and/or scary) do ask a fair bit. The level of detail is admirably pitched without condescension, however, and the big beasts in particular do deliver a real spectacle.

Underbelly Bristo Square, until 26 Aug. 
tw rating 3/5 | [Bruce Blacklaw]