Erth's Prehistoric Aquarium


Erth - Visual & Physical Inc. present
Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium

Creator/Director:
Scott Wright with Drew Fairley and Catherine McNamara

Deep below the surface, submerged below time, swam some of the world’s most amazing prehistoric marine reptiles. Following the internationally loved and applauded show Erth's Dinosaur Zoo™, the team at Erth have spent years scouring the seven seas, collecting playful prehistoric creatures of the deep in their giant aquarium. For the very first time, you are invited to dive in and meet these aquatic critters in person.

What does a Plesiosaurs skin feel like? How big are a Kronosaurus teeth? And do Kimberella even wear shoes? Our skilled handlers will be able to answer all these questions and more in this once in a lifetime interactive theatre experience at Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium.

Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium invites children to step into the action of the performance; each show performers will invite a small number of carefully selected young divers to join them on their quest to the bottom of the ocean, to ‘swim’ with an amazing array of aquatic creatures from bygone eras.

Connecting young audiences to the real science of palaeontology, Erth’s prehistoric creatures are unmistakably ‘alive’ and mostly friendly, in this fun, educational and unique performance that will delight all audiences from ages 5 years and up.

Come dive with us to the historical depths of the ocean and unlock some of nature’s greatest mysteries. 

PRODUCER | CREATIVE TEAM


ERTH VISUAL & PHYSICAL, INC. (PRODUCER): Founded in 1990 in Ballarat Victoria, ERTH has been consistently creating art for the public domain since its inception, and is today recognized as an innovator of physical and visual theatre nationally and internationally.

ERTH combines a truly fantastic aesthetic with performance and often site-specific productions that involve a menagerie of large-scale puppets, stilts, inflatables and aerial techniques.  Productions, installations and creatures include:  Incubator, Gargoyles, Waterheads, Caution, Bushfire, The Garden, Gondwana, The Nargun and the Stars, Dinosaur Petting Zoo, Dinosaur Zoo,  I, Bunyip, Spirit Creatures and TaniWha Acts I, II and III.

Writer – Scott Wright with Drew Fairley and Catherine McNamara
Director - Scott Wright
Designer – Steve Howarth
Producer – Gemma Pepper


ERTH tours the globe extensively and has performed at most major Australian and International festivals such as the Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony (2000), Hong Kong Fringe, Galway Arts Festival (Ireland), Stockton, Riverside Festival (UK), Singapore Arts Festival and the Festival of Arts & Ideas in Connecticut, USA.  Recent ERTH works have been seen at Bangkok (2009), Shanghai World Expo (2010), Sydney Childrens’ Festival (2009/2010/2011), City of Sydney Chinese New Year Parades (2009/2010/2011), Ten Days on the Island tour (2011), Hampyeong Butterfly Festival, Korea (2011) and Melbourneʼs renowned Moomba Festival (2009/2010/2011).

Increasingly, ERTH is bridging the gap between cultural and theatrical institutions by bringing physical theatre and puppetry to museum environments.  Successful roving and aerial performances have been individually written and delivered for The Australian Museum, Museum of Victoria (Melbourne), Old Parliament House, National Museum of Australia (Canberra), Auckland Museum (New Zealand), The Field Museum (Chicago), Natural History Museum (Los Angeles) and Minnesota Science Museum.  Upcoming shows are scheduled for the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.

The company is also in demand for corporate and commercial engagements. This can take the form of commissions, collaborations, consultations and direction of projects with and for other organizations.  ERTH also undertakes community workshops, cultural development projects and mentorships in many remote indigenous communities across Australia.

ERTHʼs design studio and custom workshop creates objects and productions for many clients.  In the past, The Sydney Opera House, Sydney Festival, Sydney Olympic Games, the Department of Communications and the Arts, Centenary of Federation and Performing Lines, have all had specialized creations produced from ERTHʼs busy studio and workshop.

Housed in CarriageWorks, Sydneyʼs newest contemporary arts center, ERTH has a busy design and construction program incorporating the use of many non-traditional set, prop, costume, inflatable and puppetry disciplines.  In recent years ERTH has embraced new technologies to introduce computer-generated imagery and registered projection into its ever-growing box of tricks.

ERTH has received project funding from Arts NSW and the Australia Council.

CURRICULUM | AGES


CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS:
 

RECOMMENDED AUDIENCES:
PUBLIC AUDIENCE: All ages (5 and up)
SCHOOL TIME AUDIENCE: Ages 5-10; Grades K-5

RAVES | REVIEWS


It’s not often that a children’s show of this calibre comes to Sydney. It’s truly unique, humorous, beautiful and utterly mesmerizing.
          Yvette DuBourdieu, ellaslist, 28 Sep 2015

As an introduction into palaeontology and exploration of the rich history of life on planet earth this show is a must see.
          Emily Shaddick, Australian Stage, 27 Sep 2015

Prehistoric Aquarium is a prequel to Erth’s long-running touring show Dinosaur Zoo, which re-creates, for children and adults, a series of prehistoric monsters using splendid puppetry and lighting.
          John McCallum, The Australian, 29 Sep 2015

There is a vibrancy in this production that starts with Drew’s silly jokes, is juxtaposed by Catherine’s winning smile and clear “user-friendly” explanations, and continues as each incredible creature twinkles and glows out of the dark stage. But perhaps the vibrancy really originates from the imaginative enthusiasm and tenacity of Scott Wright and the ingenuity of the Erth’s clever, creative team. This production tingles with a constant sense of awe. For the children the awe emanates from the giant, glowing creatures that appear out of the dark depths of the stage to lunge toward them and hover above them. For the more mature members of the audience, it emanates from the flawless construction of the immense creatures and the accomplished skill with which they are operated.
          Carol Wimmer, Stage Whispers, 30 Sep 2015
 
From jellyfish to ancient crocodiles, the Prehistoric Aquarium has all the main underwater dinosaurs, starting from the beginning of time. Engaging and informative, this show has it all.
          Felicity Dayhew (12), Stage Noise, 30 Sep 2015

This children's show offers a dose of science, a dash of humour and whole lot of wonder, as Erth brings prehistoric marine creatures to life.
         David Washington, In Daily, 11 March 2016