The Jurassic Parks

Superbolt Theatre’s The Jurassic Parks is ridiculous; in the best way possible. The Park family are showing Jurassic Park in memory of their mum. She died last year, and they’re showing the film at the local community centre for a memoriam. Of course, it is not all smooth sailing and things don’t quite go to plan.

The Jurassic Parks sold out last year, and it is easy to see why

Fast paced, and the best kind of silly, Superbolt whip in and out of playing many different characters and dinosaurs. Their physical comedy is the strongest part of the show. Never has watching someone be a strand of DNA been so entertaining. Frode Gjerløw (Terry Park) is particularly excellent; his rubber legs, incoherent mumbling and deadpan expression steal the show.

The collaborative nature of the show starts with the writing and direction. The team have done a good job, though sometimes the writing in the scenes set in their past seem a little saggy. It’s nice that we learn a more about the family but perhaps these sections need fleshing out a little more. The Jurassic Park references are spot on and the dinosaur impressions brilliantly placed. There’s a wonderful sequence involving a can of mousse that has impeccable timing, from both the actors and lighting technician. The show is well lit and the lights help us to move from place to place and to different moments in time.

Everyone has a dysfunctional family; we can definitely relate to the embarrassment Jade (Maria Askew) shows and the desperation for everyone to get on shown by Noah (Simon Maeder) are all completely believable. The relationship between the actors is good, and it is clear they have been working together for a long time.

The Jurassic Parks sold out last year, and it is easy to see why. There is lots of fun here for everyone, whether you have seen Jurassic Park or not. 

Reviews by Emily Jane Kerr

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The Blurb

'I definitely laughed, I almost cried, and I feel I've fallen in love' ***** ( 'Jurassic classic' ***** ( 'Hilarious' ***** ( 'A definite must see' ****½ ( 'Unforgettable' **** (Time Out). 'Touching and hilarious' **** (List). 'A show with so much heart mine nearly burst – outstanding' **** ( Superbolt return to the Edinburgh festival with their sell-out multi award-winning laugh-out-loud spin on Spielberg's classic. A theatrical celebration of cinematic nostalgia and a powerful reminder of the ones we love.

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