Anya’s new show offers a whole lot of family fun
A Lanarkshire woman is preparing for her hometown return later this month as Singing Kettle spin-off Funbox arrives in Lanark.
Anya Scott-Rodgers, who was born and raised in Lanark, was part of the final Singing Kettle line-up who played their last show earlier this year.
Now her new group Funbox – made up of Anya, Kevin MacLeod and Gary Coupland – will follow in the Kettle’s footsteps and are set to take to the stage at Lanark Memorial Hall on June 13.
Anya attended St Mary’s Primary School, before attending St Aidan’s High School in Wishaw. Growing up in Lanark, Anya honed her theatre skills while working with the Lanark Panto Club and working with numerous Lanimer Day entries.
She feels the experience prepared her for her stage show career, saying: “Two years ago I got my big break when I was chosen from over 300 auditionees to be the newest cast member of the Singing Kettle.
“Growing up in Lanark, I honed my theatre skills treading the boards with Lanark Panto Club, Independent Community Entertainment and, of course, the obligatory annual Lanimer Day entries.”
Anya also feels that the closure of the Singing Kettle should not signal the end of Scottish entertainers for children!
She said: “Basically, with the closure of the Singing Kettle this year, the current cast, after being told that buying the company wasn’t an option, decided that the show and Scottish traditions that families had come to know from the Singing Kettle were far too important to confine to history. So, Funbox was born.”
In one of the first Scottish tour dates, Funbox will arrive at the Memorial Hall with the ‘Fancy Dress Fun’ show to get families out of their seats and joining in with the show.
The Funbox team will also be joined by their old chum Bonzo the Dog.
There will be family favourite sing-a-long songs like The Grand Old Duke of York, Ye Cannae Shove Yer Granny Off The Bus, The Music Man, My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean and The Quartermaster’s Store, alongside some brand new songs.
They also encourage the audience to dress up and join in the fun with a chance to be on stage.
There will be shows at 1pm and 3.30pm, with tickets costing £10 and £36 for a family ticket. Go online to www. sllcboxoffice.co.uk.
They’re back Anya, Kevin and Gary having Funbox fun