The Iguanodon Restaurant is a theatre performance for schools and families set in a life-size Victorian iguanodon. Since 2016 we have performed to 20,380 people at festivals, schools, in carparks and shopping centres. Our biggest audience numbered 1191 keen picnickers on a sunny day in Hastings. We perform to whole schools and work with museums to celebrate their geology collections and draw attention to local fossils.
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: Mary Anning, Sir Richard Owen, Baron George Cuvier and the Godfather of Geology, William Smith. They compete for fame, claiming the biggest, best fossils for themselves! And they grapple with questions that shook society: How come these creatures no longer exist? What does this tell us about our world? Where’s my hat?
Iggy has been stabled throughout 2020-21 and has remained Covid-free. We plan to tour him to museums around Dorset, Somerset and Devon in 2022 -23, funding pending.