Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish

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Monday, 24 October 2022
11.00am and 2.00pm
Exeter Phoenix

One man’s passionate dream to find his paradise beyond the stars leaves the world in ruins. Can the dinosaurs who sleep deep underground wake up in time to sort out the mess and save Planet Earth?

Expect a riotous hour of dancing dinosaurs, space travel and catchy songs from Roustabout Theatre’s stage adaptation of Michael Foreman’s classic children’s book, Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish, when it plays Exeter Phoenix on Monday 24 October 2022 at 11.00am and 2.00pm, this half-term.

Michael Foreman’s cautionary environmental tale for children celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, having sold more than 150,000 copies world-wide. The book and theatre adaptation deliver an important message of ecological awareness: the Earth belongs to EVERYONE, not parts of it to certain people but all of it to everyone, to be enjoyed and cared for.

Multi-award-winning writer and illustrator, Michael Foreman, said: “When I wrote, and illustrated, Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish in 1972, it was because of the growing threat to the environment. I never imagined the book would be even more relevant fifty years later, and I am delighted that director Toby Hulse and Roustabout are bringing it to a wider audience.”

Alongside the underlying green message, Roustabout’s signature silliness will abound in this vibrant musical show which promises to have audiences tapping their toes! Recommended for ages 3-12.

Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish is created by Roustabout (Luna, This Island’s Mine), and performed by actor-musicians Oliver de Rohan, Robin Hemmings and Shaelee Rooke. The show is directed by Toby Hulse.

Originally commissioned as a digital production by Watermans, Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish was shortlisted for Best Theatre for Children, OFFIE Awards 2022. It is produced by arrangement with Penguin Books Ltd, a Penguin Random House company.

Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish received glowing reviews at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe: “A really fun and engaging family show. I would highly recommend it!”★★★★★ Edinburgh Fringe for Kids; “Will put a big smile on your children’s faces”★★★★ Theatre Weekly.

Roustabout are proud that this production is sustainable in every way, monitoring their carbon footprint in every area of production including set and costume, travel and marketing. The company is pleased to partner with the charity SEEd (Sustainability and Environmental Education) on this production to support it to do this.