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The Great Big Dinosaur Show poetic fun for children in East London

Don’t miss this brilliant event for children in East London this half term. The very funny National Poetry Day Ambassador, Simon Mole and singer-storyteller, Gecko are on tour.

I first saw Gecko a couple of years ago at an intimate Sofar Sounds gig for adults and he was brilliant. An incredible lyricist who sang about the joys of growing up that made us all laugh and remember what it was like to be a kid. He also told me all about his work with Simon Mole and I’ve been looking out for a local show since. So, I am very excited to be able to offer EEK members the chance to win a family ticket to give away for children in East London to enjoy!

If you want to be 100% certain not to miss the show, I recommend booking a £7 ticket today.

Rua Arts presents The Great Big Dinosaur Show

Young dino fans will love this joyful blast of interactive live entertainment this February half term. Poet Simon Mole and musician Gecko will delight audiences of all ages with a family show full of poems, raps and songs all about all your favourite prehistoric protagonists (and some you haven’t heard of yet).

Which dinosaur menaced the seas instead of the land? Which dinosaur was barely the size of a dog, and which made a noise like a goat playing a didgeridoo? And what could a CHICKEN possibly be doing in The Great Big Dinosaur Show?!  

The production is perfect for families and young audiences of 4-11yrs.

Simon Mole is an acclaimed children’s writer, performer and National Poetry Day ambassador. His fourth book, A First Book of Dinosaurs, illustrated by Matt Hunt, was published by Walker Books in September 2023, providing inspiration for Simon’s new stage show. With over ten years of experience entertaining children and families with his poetry, Simon works in schools and libraries across the country and overseas. The videos on his YouTube channel are used by hundreds of thousands of children and teachers across the world each year and have been featured on the BBC.  

Simon Mole said: “It has been so exciting to turn my book of poems into a live performance. As a dad, and a massive dinosaur fan, I can’t wait to take this show on the road. It would make me very happy if we can introduce a few young dino fans to poetry, and the fun they can have playing with words.”  

Gecko is a singer-storyteller who writes songs from interesting perspectives. Fresh from Glastonbury, Latitude and Womad, he appeared on BAFTA winning TV show Life & Rhymes, has had over 4 million views on TikTok and has shared stages with Ed Sheeran, Tim Minchin and Billy Bragg.

Gecko said: “It’s been an absolute treat to get into dinosaur mode with Simon Mole and director Peader Kirk. One thing I find exciting, and which I hope we get across in the show, is that the story of the dinosaurs is a continually evolving one. We know so much more about dinosaurs than we did when I was a kid and who knows if one of the children watching this show might grow up to discover the next puzzle piece of the story!” 

The Great Big Dinosaur Show is created by Simon Mole, Gecko and Peader Kirk. It is produced by Rua Arts and funded by Arts Council England. 

Enter for your chance to win tickets this half term in East London- competition closed

For your chance to win a family ticket (4 people) to the 2 pm performance of The Great Big Dinosaur Show on Saturday 17th February, simply enter via the competition portal by midnight on the 1st of February. EEK competitions are for members only so by entering you will automatically be added to our membership database. 

Please let us know your first and last name so you can receive a free membership card that entitles you to special offers. You also get regular roundups of all the best things to do with kids in East London, and news about members’ offers and services to make life easier. We’ll never share your details with any third parties and you can unsubscribe at any time.

If you are already a member your sign-up won’t be duplicated but please make sure to tick the box if you’ve been with us since THMs or East End Kids.

Further info:

The Halfmoon Theatre, 43 White Horse Road, London E1 0ND

17th February 2024 11 am & 2 pm 50 mins, no interval     

Tickets £7

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