The Iguanodon Restaurant

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“You need to see the Iguanodon Restaurant, it’s awesome!”

“Fantastic palaeo-history storytelling from the Iguanodon Restaurant.” 

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About the Show

The Iguanodon Restaurant is an outdoor theatre performance for families and school children set in a life size dinosaur. We have performed to a total of 20,048 people, the biggest audience being 1191 on a sunny August day in Hastings. 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, claiming the biggest, most famous bones for themselves. They posed new questions that shook society: How come these creatures no longer exist? What does this tell us about the world we live in? And, where’s my hat?


photo by Finbarr Webster

Watch the video trailer here:


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:

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We are grateful to our supporters and partners:


Making Iggy – shots from the workshop

February 18, 2016



More photos




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.


Little Iggy

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…


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