The Iguanodon Restaurant is an outdoor theatre performance for families set in a life size dinosaur. The show lasts for 35 minutes and tells the story of the birth of geology in a fast and furious romp through 60 years of scientific discovery. As the story unfolds eccentric characters emerge from history; they compete for fame, laying claim to the biggest and most famous bones. They posed new questions that shook the world: How come these creatures no longer exist? And, what does this tell us about the world we live in?
Watch the video trailer here:
We invite you to dine inside the belly of an Iguanodon. Guests will feast on a julienne of joviality… Scandalous skulduggery… Fossil-fuelled fun… A dessert of dinosaur delight!
It’s 1853, New Year’s Eve, and Crystal Palace Park dinosaur builders are preparing for a sumptuous banquet inside the concrete mould of an iguanodon. As we learn the story of ‘Iggy’, historical characters emerge; the finders of famous fossils and early ‘undergroundologists’ of England. Dinosaurs are very hot news; their discoveries are patronised by the rich and discussed by the famous, but what do they mean? As new, unsettling ideas of extinction and evolution emerge, blancmanges spin and birds fly from pies in the Iguanodon Restaurant!
The Artistic Team:
Sarah Butterworth – Artistic Director / lead artist / performer
Richie Smith – Writer and Director of Performance
Ed Jobling – Performer (Bill, Anning, Cuvier, Smith, Owen, Darwin)
Mike Bennet – Performer (Hawkins, Buckland, Mantell)
Georgie Rose Shire – Artist
Mike Pattison – Engineer
Jay Kerry – Maker, technician
Holly Miller – Artist
Shirley Pegna – Music
Many thanks to students at Arts University Bournemouth – Sarah Woollet, Mo Clouting, Heidi-Jo Heard, Eleanor Pollock, Lyddia Green, Amy Healy and Rimante Alisauskaite.
Emerald Ant has worked with scientists at the Jurassic Coast Team and our partners the Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs to ensure our work is scientifically correct.
Tour dates 2016:
Lyme Regis Fossil Festival – 30/31 April
Nature Rocks, West Bay, Dorset – 11 August
Anonymous Festival, Dorchester – 27 August
Yorkshire Fossil Festival, Scarborough – 16, 17 & 18 September (tbc)
Lewes Fossil Festival – 25 September
Sidmouth Science Festival, Devon– 15 October
Iggy is now up to speed on social media! Follow him on:
We are grateful to our supporters and partners:
Making Iggy – shots from the workshop
February 18, 2016
They made it differently in 1852…
The Iguanodon Restaurant gets Arts Council Funding!!
December 28, 2015
We are thrilled to announce Arts Council support for the Iguanodon Restaurant – our new street show about the origins of geology.
Emerald Ant and The Iguanodon Restaurant
The real ‘Iguanodon Banquet’ of 1853, as seen in the Illustrated London News (7 Jan 1854)…
And Iggy as he stands today in Crystal Palace…