Giant Triceratops Puppet Roams Coventry’s Lower Precinct 

 

This past Saturday a triceratops dinosaur puppet was roaming the Lower Precinct to advertise ‘Dinosaur World’ a family stage show premiering at The Belgrade Theatre on Thursday the 26th of October.

The faux pre historic creature posed for pictures in front of dozens of families. “It’s brilliant, the kids love it” said one mother. “It’s fake, I can see the legs” said her daughter.

The dinosaur came out three times throughout the afternoon roaming around the shopping centre stopping for pictures with the dozens of excited children who had gathered to catch a glimpse.

“Puppeteering is one of those things that’s seemed to have taken off.” Says James Daiquiri, one of the puppeteers of the triceratops. “It combines human form with forms you don’t see, like dinosaurs.”

Other high profile stage shows that use puppetry include War Horse, Lion King, and Avenue Q.

“It’s a great family show and all the dinosaurs come in all different shapes and sizes. You have the extravagant large ones like the triceratops but also hand held puppet ones.”

The Triceratops is not the only dinosaur in the show however, as the show also boasts puppets of a T-Rex, a Stegosaurus, a Diplodocus, and several others.

“It’s educational, it’s fun, it’s nothing too serious. It’s a fun evening for everyone to enjoy” Puppeteer Darcy Collins adds.

“Seeing a puppet and investing in it, it gives audiences permission to play I think, and that’s something people have connected with. That investment is why people want to see it. It makes a puppet more important than an actor” continues Ms. Collins

“[People can] expect to see a great fun family show. It’s also a short show as well. It’s no longer than an hour” adds Mr. Daiquiri

Dinosaur World opens this Thursday the 26th of October. Tickets cost £16.25 for adults and £14.25 for children, which can be purchased online at http://www.belgrade.co.uk/event/dinosaur-world

Update: Dinosaur World Review

The show stars Danielle Stagg as Miranda, a dinosaur expert. The show follows the story of Miranda as she brings her dinosaur show on tour from Dinosaur Island. The show is comprised of different segments highlighting different dinosaurs from favorites such as T-Rex and lesser known dinosaurs such as a Giraffatitan.

Danielle Stagg does an amazing job as Miranda. As the show’s sole named character she essentially had an hour long monologue. She remained energetic throughout the play and was incredibly quick and witty with the children. She interacted with the audience by having the children participate at certain points of the play by yelling at the stage, similar to what one would find in a pantomime. Even inviting several boys and girls up on stage to interact with each of the dinosaur puppets. She did a fantastic job.

The show includes a large T-Rex puppet which looked phenomenal. The reveal of the T-Rex is built up to throughout the performance, and the payoff was fantastic. The T-Rex had a fearsome presence and was absolutely the highlight of the show. It was a spectacle worth the price of admission and was handled spectacularly.

The puppets and puppeteers are the focus of the performance with good reason. Each of the puppets movements seemed lifelike with authentic sounds coming from each. Each puppet looked fantastic and each had their own distinctive personalities and movement patterns. The attention to detail for each and every dinosaur was second to none.

The set was simple, but effective. It featured several crates and a dinosaur egg underneath a lamp. The simple set worked as it did not distract from the fantastic dinosaur puppets.

There is no central narrative nor any day to be saved. This show exists to showcase dinosaurs and to educate people.  Some people will be disappointed by this as the show could be both entertaining and educational without having to sacrifice one or the other. The flimsy narrative is the shows biggest fault and it shows especially in the third act after the T-Rex has left. While the show is indeed for children, even the simplest pantomimes have a plot at least. While the show should be educational, a few extra lines of dialogue to invest some of the children in the audience would have taken this show onto another level. It would have also stopped most of the children erupting into conversation towards the end of the third act.

Dinosaur World is open now at the Belgrade Theatre until Saturday the 28th of October.

 

 Joseph Scotting

 

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