The First Hippo on the Moon by David Walliams and Tony Ross has been adapted for the stage by Les Petits Theatre Company in a family friendly, entertaining production.
Deep in the jungle Sheila the hippo has a dream… she wants to be the first hippo on the moon. However, the filthy rich Hercules Waldorf-Franklin III steals her dream and starts to build his rocket with a team of scientists and a billion hippo-dollar bill. Poor Sheila, all she has is the wisdom of Silver Bob the gorilla, her jungle friends and the power of poo! Be warned, this show features numerous ‘blast-offs’ – and not all of them are rocket-related.
We saw The First Hippo On The Moon as it touched-down in Hertfordshire, at the fantastic Hertford Theatre. The show is an hour long, which is the perfect length for young children. Expect songs, dancing, beautiful puppets and dynamic sets that really appeal to children 3 years old to 6 years old (although we had a 2 year old with us, who was mesmerised). We particularly enjoyed the rockets racing in space, complete with twinkling stars and a huge, bright, gleaming white moon.
Sheila dreams big and her dream comes true but it turns out that her journey to the moon wasn’t as important as having her friends around her. It’s not much fun on the moon when the only person you can share it with is the mean and domineering Hercules Waldorf-Franklin III.
There are moments in the production when it feels a little like the book has been stretched thin but the energy of the performers carries the story through. The First Hippo On The Moon has ‘more butts than a bottom factory‘ as well as tunes and trumps that had my 6 year old and 2 year old giggling with delight. It’s a poop-tastic race to space that also has something to say about teamwork and friendship.
The First Hippo On The Moon is currently touring in theatres across the UK and will be at the Alban Arena in St Albans on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th May 2017.
We received complimentary tickets to The First Hippo on the Moon in exchange for an honest review.
Photographs courtesy of The Other Richard