The Iguanodon Restaurant

Street Theatre Performance

Iggy will be performing at Camp Bestival on July 28th, 29th and 30th 2017 on the Upper Kids Lawn. Come and see him and our cast of crazy Victorian scientists at 11, 2 and 5pm.

The Igunaodon Restaurant

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!

Happy feasting

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.

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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:

Twitter #Iggy1853

Facebook #Iggy1853

We are grateful to our supporters and partners:

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Making Iggy – shots from the workshop

February 18, 2016

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They made it differently in 1852…

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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.

Iggy model

Little Iggy


Emerald Ant and The Iguanodon Restaurant

Drawing of Iguanodon

The real ‘Iguanodon Banquet’ of 1853, as seen in the Illustrated London News (7 Jan 1854)…

Drawing of Banquet

And Iggy as he stands today in Crystal Palace…

Statue of Iguanodon at Crystal Palace


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