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Theatre Review: Deadly 60 Live

Steve Backshall has made a living out of courting danger. He has been stalked by a polar bear, accidently bitten by a shark, went swimming with killer whales to name only a few.

Presented by Andrew Kay and Phil Bathols in association with Adelaide Festival Centre
Reviewed 11 January 2016

Steve Backshall has made a living out of courting danger. He has been stalked by a polar bear, has been accidently bitten by a shark, went swimming with killer whales and has been up very close and personal with hundreds of the worlds most deadly and interesting animals. His TV show Deadly 60 has become one of the most popular children’s television shows on the planet.

In  Deadly 60 Live – The Weird Wild and Wonderful Tour, Backshall talks the audience through video collections of some of his favourite and most thrilling encounters. He keeps the young audience engaged by asking them questions to involve them, and after each screening of 3 or 4 animals Backshall engages the audience again by getting them to vote by cheering for their favourite deadly creature.

Backshall also shares with us some outtakes and a few times he was bitten by wild animals during the filming of the TV series with some hilarious footage, which probably also serves as a good warning to younger children who think they might ‘try this at home’.

Deadly 60 Live winds up with an audience Q and A where Backshall demonstrates an extensive and impressive knowledge of wildlife as the young audience fire all sorts of unusual and difficult questions. The children know quite a bit about the wildlife too, which shows that Deadly 60 is not just television entertainment, it is highly educational too.

Backshall goes all out to give his fans a great experience, offering a brief meet including photo opportunities and autographs to over 1,000 audience members. A man of his word, he stayed after the 75 minute show, working his way down the queue to have photos with hundreds of excited and star struck young fans.

An interesting and educational experience for fans of Deadly 60 that will appeal to wildlife fans, young and old.

Reviewed by Ceri Horner
Twitter: @CeriHorner

Venue: Her Majesty’s Theatre
Season: Until January 12
Duration: 75mins
Tickets: $44.90 – $59.90
Bookings: www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au/shows/deadly-60-live/
· http://www.deadly60liveonstage.comWeblink

 


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