From TV to stage: Tree Fu Tom Live
We went to the theatre yesterday to see Tree Fu Tom Live – a stage version of the very popular Cbeebies show. My son loves the television programme and the real-life version didn’t disappoint. Translating a cartoon series for the stage is never going to be easy but with the addition of some songs, Premier Stage Productions did it with real flair and the audience of little people and their mums and dads at the Kings Theatre in Southsea really enjoyed it.
The show ran for about 90 minutes including a 20 minute interval, which was perfect for young children and our two-year-old daughter sat through it all, despite being ready for her afternoon nap.
In addition to Tom, all the favourite characters were there: his sidekick Twigs, butterfly Ariela, inventor Zigzoo, woodlouse Squirmtum and, my favourites in the live show, the mischievous Mushas.
The young cast did a great job bringing the on-screen characters to life and if they felt hot in their bright but no-doubt hefty costumes then they certainly didn’t seem to let it affect their enthusiasm and energy levels.
The show is on a very long tour of venues across the UK from now until November. If you’ve got Tree Fu Tom fans in the house then I’d recommend you Tree Fu go and see it. Details of all the venues can be found by clicking here.