[CHILDREN’S/THEATRE ~ VIC]
Gluttony – Ukiyo, Sat 16 Feb.
Dinosaur Time Machine is a non-stop rollicking journey through time, with intrepid tour guides/presenters/time machine builders, Paul and Flick. The show is targeted at three to nine year old children and their families; my son loved learning some facts he didn’t know about dinosaurs, and was impressed by the circus skills of the performers (“They’ve got skills!”).
Like all good children’s entertainment, there was a balance between what was amusing and funny for the kids in the audience (jokes about dinosaur poo and nose-picking) versus what the parents would find amusing.
There was also plenty of audience interaction, which seemed to especially appeal to the younger spectators. The circus skills, puppetry and visual comedy were balanced with ‘dinosaur facts’, which we soon learned were actually our best guesses about dinosaurs. Did you know there are dinosaurs living today? How do we really know what noises dinosaurs made?
At times, the noise from adjacent acts was very noticeable, even over the performance.
I highly recommend Dinosaur Time Machine for children, especially those with an interest in dinosaurs, but probably not as suitable for young children or those who are sensitive to loud or sudden noises.
The presenters from Highwire Entertainment really know how to tap into the inquisitive minds of kids and made learning new things fun for all of us!
Tori Brookes (and 10-year-old Josh)
Dinosaur Time Machine continues at Gluttony – Ukiyo from 2pm until Sun 17 Mar, and at Stirling Fringe – The Pocket from 4.30pm on Thu 28 Feb.
Book at FringeTIX on 1300 621 255 or adelaidefringe.com.au. Click HERE to purchase your tickets.