ROARING into Exeter with its impressive cast of prehistoric creatures is live stage show Dinosaur Zoo.
Creators Erth use ingenious puppetry to bring dinosaurs to life in the interactive and imaginative live show, suitable for all the family.
Expect to meet a range of creatures from cute baby dinos to teeth-gnashing giants, when Dinosaur Zoo stops off at Exeter Northcott Theatre from Friday, September 13, to Sunday, September 15.
The visitors include a carnivorous theropod known as the Australovenator, based on the most complete meat-eating dinosaur skeleton found in Australia.
Observe and interact with these extraordinary life-like dinosaurs in what promises to be entertaining and highly imaginative live show.
During the performance, intrepid audience members brave enough to get up close and personal with the dinosaurs are brought onto the stage to assist the zoo keeper in her daily tasks. But be warned because not all of the ravenous reptiles are as tame as they seem.
Director Scott Wright explained: "The show could be described as a live animal presentation, much like you might see at a zoo or a wildlife park but we have dinosaurs, great dinosaurs, from very small babies to some of the largest ever found.
"We teach the audience aspects of animal husbandry and we invite some members of the audience onto the stage to assist us with feeding and caring for our dinosaurs.
"The aim of the show is to have fun and to be honest. Dinosaurs are awesome but they can also be big and scary, every kid knows that.
"We like delivering the facts and since working with museums the importance of honesty has allowed us to tackle some pretty sticky questions like, "Is it real?"
"Once upon a time we would try and explain our way out of such a question with awkward charm, but these days we are straight up and say, "Yes it's a real puppet".
"It's the easiest answer and thanks to the magic of theatre and people's desire to suspend their disbelief, more often that not just two minutes after you announce that all the dinosaurs are puppets, people forget and continue on the journey."
Revealing how the audience gets involved, Scott said: "Throughout the show we will bring people onto the stage, this is actually my favourite part because it is unrehearsed.
" People's reactions are very real and unpredictable so it makes for some wonderful moments.
"In the past we used to try and invite all the children in the audience to come onto the stage with us, but as the show has grown in popularity and audience numbers have got much bigger, we now bring some of the dinosaurs out at the end of the show for a meet and greet so that folks have a chance to pat the creatures or take a photo."
Dinosaur Zoo is aimed at children three years old and above, and the performance last for one hour with no interval.
Performances take place on the Friday – a schools matinee – at 1.30pm; Saturday at 11am and 3pm; and Sunday 10.30am and 1.30pm.
Tickets cost £13.50 or £16 for "danger zone seats" from rows A to D. To book call 01392 493493 or visit www.exeternorthcott.co.uk