Steve Backshall in Deadly 60 Live at the Arts Centre Melbourne 2018; His Best Yet!
We've seen Steve Backshall perform Deadly 60 Live in Australia before, and each time he has been a joy to watch. This time however, Steve and his Deadly 60 crew raised the bar. Deadly 60 Live Down Under Tour 2018 is Steve's best yet.
Deadly 60 Live Down Under 2018 Tour
Entertaining a huge crowd of enthusiastic kids in the Arts Centre's Hamer Hall is by no means an easy task but Mr Backshall has families captivated from beginning to end. With his impeccable charm and fascinating facts about Mother Nature's mighty creatures big and small, Steve knows his stuff and his enthusiasm is infectious.
Deadly 60 Live Down Under 2018 at the Hamer Hall. Image c/o Steve's wife Helen Glover on Instagram @helenglovergb
Just when we thought we knew most things about the world's "deadliest" animals (we've watched back-to-back Deadly 60 TV shows many times over!) Steve highlights even more extraordinary facts about creatures great and small.
Did you now that a set of shark's teeth sit in the groove of it's mouth in an almost conveyor belt style so that once a tooth falls out it is immediately replaced by another? We didn't.
Did you know the bite of a saltwater croc is much, much more powerful than that of a shark, Komodo dragon or hyena? We didn't.
Did you know that hot water immersion is effective in treating the sting of a venomous stonefish? We didn't.
The Deadly 60 Live Down Under 2018 Tour was the first in which Steve introduced live animals on stage, done in a way that was not cruel nor dangerous. For example, Steve began the show with a non-venomous snake coiled around his neck and he invited two young audience members on stage to do the same.
We were introduced to other critters on stage; baby crocodiles, a (rather jumpy) green tree frog, blue tongue lizard and the QLD tarantula. Couple that with snippets from Steve's global wildlife encounters as seen in his TV shows plus a couple of interesting on-stage science experiments and Steve Backshall had the audience eager for more.
Despite the focus on "deadly" creatures, the core message of Deadly 60 Live Down Under was not to tell everyone how terrifying nature can be, but to educate and teach young fans to respect wildlife.
Steve puts the question to the audience that if we as humans value our species we must introduce change. As a passionate TV presenter focused on nature and education, one can only hope the many hundreds of thousands of kids Steve inspires will ignite a future generation of Aussie environmentalists and conservationists.
Thank you Steve Backshall for introducing Deadly 60 Live Down Under to Australian kids. We need more of you in the world!