Anya’s new show of­fers a whole lot of fam­ily fun

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - Sin­gle Ket­tle stars re­turn

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. sll­cbox­of­

They’re back Anya, Kevin and Gary hav­ing Fun­box fun

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