Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular

Raptors_Patrick MurphyThey first stormed Australian arenas in 2007 and have since conquered the world. Based on the award-winning BBC Television Series, Australia’s own Walking With Dinosaurs returns in March 2015 with a national tour.

Worldwide, more than eight million people in 243 cities over 2,000 performances have seen Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular. This updated production will showcase spectacular and colourful changes to the dinosaurs based on the latest scientific research including the likely feathering of some species.

Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular was originally produced in Australia by Gerry Ryan, Malcolm Cooke and Jill Bryant and is brought to the world by Global Creatures.

“I am thrilled that Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular is coming back to Australia in 2015,” says Global Creatures CEO Carmen Pavlovic. “A new generation is ready to experience these life–size beasts in this awe-inspiring spectacle, which has still not been matched in terms of scale and quality.”

“Many of our creatures have “evolved” since the last tour, now featuring distinctive display feathers, head crests and tail fans, reflecting recent discoveries about the physical nature of these massive creatures. This show remains a must-see for audiences of all ages.”

Depicting the dinosaurs’ evolution with almost cinematic realism. Walking with Dinosaurs has scenes of the interactions between dinosaurs, how carnivorous dinosaurs evolved to walk on two legs, and how the herbivores fended off their more agile predators.

The history of the world is played out with the splitting of the earth’s continents, and the transition from the arid desert of the Triassic period is given over to the lush green prairies and forces of the later Jurassic.  Oceans form, volcanoes erupt, a forest catches fire – all leading to the impact of the massive comet, which struck the earth, and forced the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Ten species are represented from the entire 200 million year reign of the dinosaurs.  The show includes the Tyrannosaurus Rex – the terror of the ancient terrain; as well as the Plateosaurus and Liliensternus from the Triassic period; the Stegosaurus and Allosaurus from the Jurassic period; and Torosaurus and Utahraptor from the awesome Cretaceous period.

The largest of them, the Brachiosaurus is 36 feet tall and 56 feet from nose to tail.  It took a team of 50 – including engineers, fabricators, skin makers, artists and painters, and animatronic experts – a year to build the production.

Originating in Australia after years of planning, Walking with Dinosaurs came to life at Sydney’s Acer Arena in January 2007. After this successful season, it went on to conquer Europe and Asia garnering record-breaking statistics.

A recent tour in the US garnered rave reviews with Variety saying “Walking With Dinosaurs is a truly spectacular spectacular. It is everything a dino-phile could want”, while Newsweek called the show, “that rare entertainment beast that parents and kids can enjoy together.”

Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular will play the following dates in 2015: Allphones Arena Sydney (18 – 22 March); Hisense Area Melbourne (25 – 29 March); Brisbane Entertainment Centre (1 – 5 April); Newcastle Entertainment Centre (9 – 12 April); and Perth Arena (17 – 19 April). Tickets go on sale Friday 28 November through www.ticketek.com.au.

For more information, visit: www.dinosaurlive.com for details.

Image: Raptors – by Patrick Murphy