The First Hippo on the Moon – review

Our latest guest post comes from Lisa, who was lucky enough to be offered two complimentary tickets to The First Hippo on the Moon by Middlesbrough Theatre.


After reading David Walliams’ story to my nearly three year old, and not getting a very engaged response, I was unsure of what to expect from the theatre show.

As soon as we entered the theatre we were greeted by a friendly steward who helped us find our seats. The steward was great with my little girl, chatting away and engaging her in the experience from the outset.

The show opens to a simple yet beautifully created set, clearly depicting a jungle scene and a gigantic TV screen. The set immediately prompted questions and intrigue from my little girl, who appeared to be getting more excited and interested in what was about to happen around her.

As the jungle characters took to the stage, the audience both young and old were immediately impressed by the fun-filled, life-sized puppets. Each character was brought to life by the five talented actor-puppeteers, each having a clearly defined comedic personality, which had the audience laughing straight away.

The story unfolds as the hacked-off hippo called Sheila decides she’s going to give rich and famous fellow hippo Hercules Waldorf-Franklin III a run for his money in his dream of getting to the moon first. In a bid to stop Hercules from stealing the simple jungle dweller’s dream, Sheila and her friends hatch a plan to make sure Sheila gets to the moon first!

While Sheila moans and groans, her faithful friends work together to create a DIY rocket from the best jungle material. With a little advice from Bob the ape, the team set to work creating the mass of rocket fuel needed to send Sheila whizzing into space, which is a massive pile of poo!

While trying their best to create enough poo for Sheila’s expedition, the creatures begin to descend upon the audience in their hunt for more poo! Squeals of glee and laughter erupted from the children as the creatures collected the rest of the poo needed from their parents.

Throughout the show we also encountered a number of fun, musical theatre-style songs and dances, which helped keep the attention of the youngsters, as Sheila does eventually achieve lift off after the monsoons have finally stopped.

In the end, Sheila got to the moon, but not without blowing up her rocket. But she couldn’t get too excited as it turned out she landed on the moon at the same time as Hercules! Hercules is so busy boasting about the fame and fortune he’ll gain when he returns to Earth, he doesn’t realise that while letting Sheila back on his rocket, he’s left himself stranded on the Moon forever! Back on Earth, Sheila officially becomes the first hipponaut on the Moon….forgetting to tell anyone about leaving Hercules to be the only hippo on the Moon!


The stage adaptation of World Of David Walliams’ The First Hippo on the Moon will be touring the UK until July 2017. Find your nearest dates and venues on firsthippolive.com #FirstHippo
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The First Hippo on the Moon

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#ETW17: English Tourism Week 2017

We kicked off English Tourism Week 2017 in style with the return of Orange Pip Market! It was of course, beautiful blue skies, and a massive turnout! With a crackin’ 26 traders, we ate ALL the food and drank way too much hot chocolate – we’re still dreaming of the artisan hot chocolate from Sprinkles of Yarm with homemade marshmallows *drools*

Vegan samosa

It wasn’t just Orange Pip Market for English Tourism Week, we were shouting about loads of other fabulous things to do in Middlesbrough.

Feeling hungry?

We love all our independents – shopping, food and all the other good things in life!

Out with the kids?

It’s a gorgeous, sunny day – let’s go to the park!

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Got your running shoes on? PS. check out the fabulous Love Middlesbrough run which you can download here – it’s a heart shape just like us! ❤️

Culture vulture?

Dorman Museum in spring

We’ve already told you all about our InstaMeet but we couldn’t resist sharing it all over again because we had such an awesome time!

We hope you enjoyed reading the English Tourism Week blog posts as much as we have enjoyed writing them. Shout out your suggestions in the comments below for where we should go next. Roll on English Tourism Week 2018…

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