18 July to 30 August 2015
Reviewed by Meresa Bergin
I was delighted to be asked to go along to watch Dinosaur Zoo at Kings Cross Theatre in London. The theatre is ideally located at the back of the station and very easy to find. We came from Brighton to see the show, so we had to change trains to get from Victoria but again this was very easy. We picked up our tickets from the box office which was very smooth and straightforward, they simply asked for our reference number.
Once inside the theatre I was impressed with the foyer, it was spacious and offer lots of places to get snacks and drinks, it reminded me of an old train station platform. There are toilets in the foyer I was again very impressed with how clean and tidy they were given how many children where there and well air conditioned which is a plus in the hot weather.
We took our seats in the theatre, I decided to take my husband who is a big fan of dinosaurs! It was mainly families and children but I think the show would suit anyone interested in dinosaurs really. I thought the stage set up was very clever but did find it a little confusing to see the train props from the other show they have on at the moment, The Railway Children, but I don’t think the children viewing the show would have noticed this.
Dinosaur Zoo is a fun and interactive show, I felt it was cleverly carried out and give lots of interesting facts. The host was very good with the children and giving the adults some jokes as well, he encouraged the children to get up on stage and dealt well when pretty much all the children decided to get on stage, which is a big credit to him. I liked the fact they invited the children onto the stage to take part in the show and you could see how proud and happy it made them, it also give us adults some very funny moments.
I thought the props were well made and the people using them were very good at making them seem very real!
My favourite Dinosaur is the T-Rex and they did not disappoint, I loved how they give the puppets personalities, making the female all shy and playful. I learnt some things I never knew about dinosaurs, I work with children so this is hard task, such as dinosaurs had feathers.
The children seemed very engaged and excited to be there, I felt the show was the right length of time at 50 minutes I think some of the young children would have struggled with anything any longer.
After the show the children and big children were able to meet the dinosaurs in the foyer and I think this was the best part of the show to be able to get up close and personal, I was a little worried it would feel packed with some many children in one area but the foyer is a good size.
There was things to buy from the show on offer which I felt were well priced, it can be hard and expensive seeing a show with children sometimes but they had toys from £3.
I think Dinosaur Zoo is a show for all the family and for all ages, we both as adults enjoyed it as much as the children around us and it was clear the other adults did as well.
Tickets cost from £15.50 to £25.50 (no transaction fee).
Dinosaur Zoo Live is at the King’s Cross Theatre in London until 30 August 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 3039.
King’s Cross Theatre, Good’s Way, King’s Cross, London, N1C | 0844 871 3039