This Easter Get Ready For Some Prehistoric Family Fun!

Herbie Treeheads Dinosaur Show is coming to Brighton and Hove. The world premier of this family show brings you the world renowned performer Herbie Treehead, his team of exceptionally talented entertainers and staring for the first time in millions of years, 25 foot long, 12 foot high dinosaurs!

In this unique show dinosaurs and performers work together to bring you an extraordinary and unforgettable night. With this talented team of experienced performers there promises to be something for kids as well as the adults. Humour, sarcasm, wit and clowning, acrobats, magicians, unicyclists, jugglers and not forgetting the stars of the show our prehistoric friends! This is a night not to be missed.

Herbie's fevered dream to bring extinct beasts to the stage was brought to life at the Edinburgh festival last summer. Bringing the house down every night to a packed audience, Herbie’s Dinosaurs proved to be Edinburgh’s must see family show.

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The dinosaurs home, an amazing futuristic temporary structure, can be found at Hove Gardens (King Alfred’s Leisure Centre). The show runs until the 10th of April. Show times 2:30pm everyday and 7:30pm Friday and Saturday.

You won’t find anything this Easter that?s more value for your money. To book your tickets call the box office on *******

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Herbie Treehead’s Dinosaur Circus,  08707 557 705, Aug 4-29

This may well prove to be the must-see kids’ show of the fringe. The brainchild of an ex-Covent Garden street performer, the Dinosaur Circus brings Jurassic Park to the live arena. Performed in Edinburgh’s now-defunct 600-seater Odeon cinema, the circus features five walking, growling, playful dinosaurs ranging from 6ft to 15ft high and from 17ft to 25ft long. The first of their kind in the world, the dinosaurs rely on state-of-the-art operational techniques to move them — all of which are kept under wraps, lest it spoil the illusion. Suffice to say, they’re as true to life as possible, which is why Herbie has opted for the vegetarian variety of dinosaur, and has them munching on apples rather than the performers’ legs.

Co-starring with the pre-historic beasts are magicians, musicians, clowns (sans red noses or big feet) and aerial artistes. The narrative, such as it is, follows two explorers who discover dinosaur eggs buried beneath the polar ice caps. The eggs hatch, and all manner of nonsense ensues. More theatre than big-top circus, Herbie’s show is aimed at families with children over five.

Kelly Apter

Herbie Treehead’s Dinosaur Circus 2004

You really are treading on thin ice when you’re promising an audience a dinosaur circus but

thankfully Herbie Treehead’s troupe delivers. Okay, the dinosaurs are obviously actors in huge

suits to the adult eye but to the young kids in Pod 1 they are the sort of 25-foot behemoths that

populate Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park.

The Dinosaur Circus is essentially a vehicle for typical circus tomfoolery, with the appearance of

‘live’ dinosaurs simply being an added extra, but the level of expertise of display is high enough to

sate the fickle appetite of the assembled under-tens. In fact, Treehead’s group throws in enough

adult gags and multigenerational entertainment to make this mid-afternoon romp enjoyable for the

whole family.

Dinosaur Circus is far from cerebral entertainment but that is far from the point. Instead it is loud,

fast and silly and that definitely seem to works when it comes to keeping children entertained.

Treehead and his cohorts aren’t in the same league as the Cirque du Soliel but they are proving

to be damn entertaining.

Richard Biggs / Hairline

  1. Photos by Goronwy Thom