Tom Gates Live on Stage at Bristol Hippodrome

Tom Gates Live on Stage at Bristol Hippodrome


I was kindly given tickets to watch Tom Gates live on stage at Bristol Hippodrome. I showed my 17-year-old Daughter the information who instantly recognised the illustrations. This is hardly surprising as Liz Pichon the Author and Illustrator of the book series Tom Gates is a multiple best seller. Liz Pichon has also won many awards.

We attended Bristol Hippodrome on Wednesday 20th February. The show is based on the book series, there are currently 14 in the series so far. 

The Cast

om Gates cast and Liz Pichon. Photo by Mark Douet

The show is aimed at 5-12 years old. For the performance, I took my friend and her 8-year-old son with his buddy aged 9. If you are looking at attending, book your tickets quick as the show finishes at Bristol on the 23rd February. 

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We thought Tom Gates that was played by Matthew Chase did an excellent performance. In fact, the entire cast did a super job. Each of the other cast members played 2 characters throughout the show. This must have meant a lot of quick costume changes backstage.

I haven’t read the book before and neither had my friend. Neal Foster the Director of the show has put the performance together in such a way, that very quickly you were familiar with all the characters.

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So what’s the show about? I don’t want to give too much away. However, Tom Gates is a good kid but trouble seems to find him at any opportunity. You start to have empathy with Tom and you want everything to be okay.

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During the interval, my friend informed me that her son and his friend were concerned that Tom wouldn’t make it to the biscuit factory. 

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Towards the end of the show, the audience is encouraged to participate by clapping along to the songs. Looking around the Hippodrome I saw grandparents, parents, and children all getting involved.

The songs at the end of the show were quite catchy. In fact, as we left the Hippodrome you could hear many children all singing the song “chips”. All the songs are from Tom’s band “DogZombies”

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The two boys really enjoyed it and gave it two thumbs up each. As an adult watching, it kept me entertained also.


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I was gifted the tickets in exchange for a review. As always all the words written are my own with my own thoughts.

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