Dinomania

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Dinomania

by Kandinsky Theatre
New Diorama Theatre, 2019

Co-Writers James Yeatman & Lauren Mooney
Direction James Yeatman
Performer/Devisers Janet Etuk, Hamish MacDougall, Sophie Steer & Harriet Webb
Co-Design Naomi Kuyck-Cohen & Joshua Gadsby
Music Composition and performance Zac Gvirtzman
Stage Manager on book Hanne Schulpé
Dramaturgy Al Smith
Associate Designer Lizzy Leech
Consultant Production Manager Heather Doole
Scenic Artist Amy Pitt
Production Photography Richard Davenport

“165 million years ago, an iguanodon is killed in the heart of a rainforest. Time passes, the rainforest becomes the South Downs, and every part of the iguanodon degrades and disappears - except one tooth.197 years ago, in safe, affluent 1820s Sussex, a country doctor finds the tooth. But where does it fit in the story of an earth created by God just 6,000 years ago? Dinomania is a story of scientific endeavour, bitter rivalry and terrible lizards.”Inspired by a question of what the landed gentry might look like today, we set out on a journey to create a space as gentile and gaudy at that of the first victorian geologists and palaeontologists.Inspired by the tacky homes of the mega-rich and beguiled by the odd calmness of funeral homes and crematoriums—we were interested in creating a playful space to hold an epic story of humanity trying to come to terms with their place in a world millions of years old.”