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The Singing Kettle cast are bringing their Funny Farm antics to Aberdeen.
SPOUT, handle, lid of metal, what’s inside the Singing.....Kettle. It’s a rhyme children and adults all over Scotland are familiar with, and it will be chanted once again this weekend at His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen. This time around Cilla Fisher and the rest of the Singing Kettle gang are embarking on a farmyard adventure. “As always we want all the boys and girls, as well as the adults if they fancy, to come in fancy dress for our Funny Farm adventure,” said 58-year-old Cilla, who founded the group nearly 30-years-ago with husband Artie Trezise. “There will be lots of singing, lots of laughs and lots of new characters for the children to fall in love with.” Farmer Snooze is the owner of the farm and he’ll have the young audience in stitches. Then they will meet Sally the sheep, Mr Dingle Dangle the scarecrow, Claudine the French cat, Fiona the Highland cow and everyone’s favourite dog, Bonzo. While many of the well-known Kettle songs will be performed, Little Bunny Foufou for example, Cilla and the gang have been working on some new material. She said: “We’ve written lots of new songs including a musical version of the three little piggies. “We’ll also be getting two audience members up to be jockies and they’ll be dressed up for their stage debut.” The children’s attitude when picked to go on stage is one of the main changes Cilla’s noticed over the years of doing the show.
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