Five minutes with… Naomi Wilkinson of Wild & Scary

Published: Monday 10th April 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Local audiences are in for a wild time this Easter, as Naomi Wilkinson brings Wild & Scary to Hull City Hall.

The TV presenter has travelled the world presenting popular shows such as Milkshake and Countryfile, and more recently Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature.

This Tuesday, Naomi brings some of the world’s most frightening creatures to the city. We caught up with her to find out more.

Can you tell us a little about Wild & Scary? Just how scary is it?

Wildlife expert, Animal Mark, is bringing some of the world’s scariest creatures on tour with us. We have got a lot of creepy critters, reptiles and creatures to show you, but nothing will be too scary, I can assure you.

We’ve been travelling across the UK, introducing children and their families to all sorts of interesting creepy crawlies.

Everything stays firmly on stage, nothing will be coming out into the audience. So you can get a good look at the interesting animal, without having it too close for comfort.

The show is about how you overcome your fears. Sometimes, the first impressions we have of many of these creatures is that they are terrifying and we just run away from them.

However, it’s all about looking at them in a slightly different way. We want the children to understand that, for the most part, there’s not much to be scared of and they’re not all out to get us.

We want to reassure them, rather than frighten them.

You’ve travelled all over the world and done all sorts of crazy things as a children’s TV presenter. What’s your favourite part?

The great thing about this show is that I get to share some of my scary encounters with the children. We show them some clips of me travelling around the world whilst filming Nightmares of Nature.

We’ve been in caves, oceans, jungles and rainforests to find the scary animals.

I mean, reliving them during every show isn’t great for me, but it always amuses the kids.

What’s the scariest thing that you’ve ever done?

My scariest moment was when we were in Kalahari, filming lions. We were in one of those open jeeps and stayed with the lions all day into the night to see the change in their behaviour.

In the day, lions are quite sleepy and seem harmless. But at night they really liven up, as this is when they hunt their prey.

It was pitch black, we were in an open vehicle and there’s a pride of hungry lions running around only pouncing distance away from me.

Wow, that does sound terrifying! But which is the scariest, presenting on TV or performing live on stage?

It is quite frightening doing live theatre. Purely because TV programmes have an edit suite where they can chop out the mistakes that you’ve made. On stage, however, you can’t get away with that.

I mean, people always say that you should never work with children or animals. But I love it; it makes my job very exciting.

Are you looking forward to performing in Hull?

Yes, definitely. I’ve been here a few times. We filmed CBBC Live in Hull a couple of summers ago and I’m excited to come back.

In short, why should people see the show?

It will be a really fun afternoon! There will be so many animals and travel stories that you’ll enjoy too.

Also, there’s a lot of silliness and opportunity for the whole family to take part. It’s perfect for the Easter holidays.

Wild & Scary will take place at Hull City Hall from 2pm on Tuesday 11 April. Children’s tickets are £15.50, adults are £19.50, and a 2-for-1 offer can be redeemed by TARANTULA.

Tickets can be booked by calling 01482 300306, or you can book online.

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Published: Monday 10th April 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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