Monday, 1 May 2017

The First Hippo on the Moon comes to Bromley

 
  1. David Walliams - The First Hippo on the Moon - Stage Tour 2017 - Churchill Bromley - Emma in Bromley


    The First Hippo on the Moon is heading to the Churchill Theatre in Bromley this week 2nd-6th May as part of a tour of over 40 UK venues in 2017. The First Hippo on the Moon is based on David Walliams’ picture book and has been brought to the stage by innovative children’s theatre company Les Petits Theatre Company.
    David Walliams - The First Hippo on the Moon - Stage Tour 2017 - Churchill Bromley - Emma in Bromley

    The First Hippo on the Moon has been adapted for the stage by Les Enfants Terribles and Les Petits’ Artistic Director Oliver Lansley whose other adaptations of children’s literature have included the immersive dining experience Dinner at the Twits and Alice’s Adventure’s Underground. The puppets for The First Hippo on the Moon have been created by Nick Barnes and Finn Caldwell who have previously collaborated on War Horse and The Lorax. The cast for The First Hippo on the Moon includes Dominic Allen, Alice Bounce, Caroline Bowman, Owen Jenkins and Rosie Nicholls.
    David Walliams - The First Hippo on the Moon - Stage Tour 2017 - Churchill Bromley - Emma in Bromley

           
  2. Based on David Walliams’ original children’s book with illustrations by Tony Ross, The First Hippo on the Moon is an explosively funny space adventure which sees the enormously rich Hercules Waldorf-Franklin III and ingenious Shelia compete to be the first hippo to make it to the moon.
    David Walliams - The First Hippo on the Moon - Stage Tour 2017 - Churchill Bromley - Emma in Bromley

    David Walliams has taken the literary world by storm and his brilliantly funny stories are adored by children the world over. He has achieved unprecedented critical acclaim and
    quickly developed a reputation as a natural successor to Roald Dahl. His books have been translated into over 45 languages and sold over 9.5 million copies in the UK alone.
David Walliams - The First Hippo on the Moon - Stage Tour 2017 - Churchill Bromley - Emma in Bromley
 
The First Hippo on the Moon has been adapted for the stage by acclaimed theatre company Les Petits following their hugely successful production of Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs. The creative team at Les Petits have also worked on Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax at The Old Vic and the National Theatre’s productions of Elephantom, War Horse and Raymond Briggs’ The Bear. Les Petits was set up as the sister company to Les Enfants Terribles whose work includes Dinner at the Twits, The Game’s Afoot, The Trench, The Vaudevillains and Olivier nominated Alice’s Adventures Underground. 

I can't wait to visit the Churchill this week to see The First Hippo on the Moon with Blake (age 7) and Maegan (Age 5) and I'm impressed with the selection of performances including ones after school and relaxed day time ones too. Look out for an update to this article later this week!

Update: Wednesday 3rd May

Blake and Maegan had an absolute blast at The First Hippo on the Moon there was a lot of giggling!
David Walliams - The First Hippo on the Moon - Stage Tour 2017 - Churchill Bromley - Emma in Bromley - Judith, Blake and Maegan Clement

As a parent, there was way too much poo and bum talk in the show (look out for the song about poo and the audience poo contributions!)  but that is what makes children laugh the most and entertaining them is why we went.
David Walliams - The First Hippo on the Moon - Stage Tour 2017 - Churchill Bromley - Emma in Bromley -  Blake and Maegan Clement

The puppets are great and the actors seamlessly morph between puppeteers and characters.
David Walliams - The First Hippo on the Moon - Stage Tour 2017 - Churchill Bromley - Emma in Bromley

We loved a 5pm show on a weekday and would like to see this happen more often.

Overall verdict? Both children would love to see the show again and we would recommend to a friend ... infact we already have - we have some friends (and readers) watching on Saturday!
David Walliams - The First Hippo on the Moon - Stage Tour 2017 - Churchill Bromley - Emma in Bromley


Emma in Bromley xx