Theatre Review: Walking With Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular

Theatre Review: Walking With Dinosaurs

If you thought that Walt Disney and his expert technicians had mastered animatronics, you ain’t seen nothing til a 20 foot Tyrannosaurus Rex pokes his head towards the audience and ROARS!!! The Adelaide Entertainment Centre shuddered.

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Walking-DinoPresented by Global Creatures in association with BBC
Reviewed 23 April 2015

Walking With Dinosaurs: the Arena Spectacular is just that – spectacular! It is also amazing, awesome, stunning and brilliant.

If you thought that Walt Disney and his expert technicians had mastered animatronics, you ain’t seen nothing til a 20 foot Tyrannosaurus Rex pokes his head towards the audience and ROARS!!! The Adelaide Entertainment Centre shuddered.

The story is that of Creation itself and follows the history of the dinosaur from when the Earth was just one giant land mass all the way through to the extinction of the noble creatures caused by the smashing of a comet into what is now the Gulf of Mexico. The facts and figures trotted out during the show by palaeontologist Huxley (Luke Worth) are not dusty, dry and boring, but filled with humour, land masses splitting, flowers and plant life blossoming, volcanoes, dinosaur battles and even dino poop.

Worth interacts well with the dinosaurs, special effects and the audience, never hesitating or faltering and displaying a love of these remarkable creatures.

This is a show that relies on technical know-how and has it by the faux skin-load. Everything about these remarkable machines screams realism; from the tiniest of wrinkles on the ‘flesh’ to the battle injuries such as horns breaking (on cue). The entire production is precision personified.

It is nearly impossible to review or describe a show that is so incredibly visual, but i think that perhaps my 8 year old step-grandson summed it up succinctly at the end of the performance when he turned to me and said “Best thing EVER!!”

Reviewed by Brian Godfrey
Twitter: @briangods

Venue: Adelaide Entertainment Centre, 98 Port Road, Hindmarsh
Season: 23 – 26 April 2015
Duration: 1 hour 45 mins including interval

 

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