Tree Fu Tom Live Review
If you have children (especially boys) under age of 6 years old, Tree Fu Tom will be a character known to one and all in the household. Our little adventurers will get their Tree Fu Magic going at all hours of the day. During half term we took our (very excited) little adventurers to the Tree Fu Tom Live show at King George’s Hall Blackburn. Here’s our Tree Fu Tom Live Review.
Tree Fu Tom Live is the story of the adventure Tom takes with his friends as they seek to find the treasures contained in the treasure Map discovered by Twigs. The shows opening scene is the title song from the show and all of the children were on their feet getting their Tree Fu magic on! The show was ideal for preschoolers and children of key stage 1 age as the characters, story was pitched perfectly at them. If you watch the show the live version was a longer version of an episode full of laughter, songs, entertainment and the children actually got to “help” on the adventure.
- The characters were stunning, especially Ariela. That is often my bug bear with children’s theatre shows as young children can get really confused about why there is puppeteer with the characters when they are still in the mindset of seeing the “real” characters. These characters were all dressed and exactly how I would have imagined them to be.
- I loved that Tom was very softly spoken and talked properly. His voice filled the theatre perfectly without being too loud or quiet. A perfect role model as we often have come out of shows and the characters were either screaming or shouting, it was a welcome change.
- The show had a good selection of songs but were more suited for the older children (Maya enjoyed them)
- The show got the children up on their feet on various points which is ideal for young children as their attention span weaned at certain points.
- There was enough slapstick and “pantomime” moments to get the children involved as they were seeking the naughty mushrooms. Most of the children would be on their feet shouting “they’re behind you!”
- I always love this about children’s shows how the children get really caught in the magic and try their best to help the good characters out
- The show was the perfect length with a well-timed break for even the younger children to allow for a toilet break and refreshments (including the much needed ice cream)
What we would have improved
- Timing of the show was 1:00 which is prime nap time for the younger children so the likes of Zayn who didn’t have a nap or others who had a shorter one were very tired by the end of the show.
- The songs were not ones that the children recognised. You could see the difference in the interaction with the Tree Fu opening song and the rest. That said I did like there was lots of songs incorporated into the show and it helped to keep the show following.
- Personally I think as the show was aimed at a very young demographic it could have done with a little bit more interaction with the audience to get the fully into it.
Overall we returned with very happy adventurers who couldn’t wait to tell their dad all about the fantastic show they watched. I think it’s really nice to see a preschool/younger children BBC show in theatres as its a good way to introduce the children to another medium and parents will have the knowledge that they will sit through the show. If you have Tree Fu Tom fans, or children at the age I would recommend this as a perfect show to introduce your little one to the theatre.