It’s back to the dinosaurs

Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne, Athenaeum Theatre 1990
Polyglot Theatre

REVIEW – Almost A Dinosaur, The Herald, Thursday July 12, 1990

There’s a commonly held belief that the dinosaur is extinct, but those reptilian mammoths are invading the city, at least for the school holidays.

Polyglot Puppet Theatre’s Almost A Dinosaur enjoyed a sell-out season last year and returns to give children an entertaining taste of prehistory.

The tale of a little creature which is “almost a dinosaur”, the performance features bunraku puppetry, a Japanese form in which the puppeteers are visible.

Diewonychus (David Collins), Allosaurus (John Rogers) and almost a dinosaur Rosi (Helen Lunn) – above – debate the future of an egg which Rosi wants to care for.

Ms Naomi Tippett, administrator of Polyglot, said the children saw the human characteristics of the dinosaurs, not the humans.

“When children draw pictures they never draw the puppeteers,” she said.

Almost A Dinosaur continues at the Athenaeum Theatre until Saturday, July 21, with daily performances at 11.30am and 2pm. Bookings: 650-1500 or BASS.