SPOT­LIGHT

AIYF boss says city’s an­nual jam­boree big­ger than ever “En­thu­si­asm is out­stand­ing” “Rich and var­ied” Singing Ket­tle cre­ator bub­bles up

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - ARTS AND STAGE - By Lau­rna Robert­son

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.

And for one man, the car­ni­val at­mos­phere of the Aberdeen In­ter­na­tional Youth Fes­ti­val, which kicked off last night, is par­tic­u­larly sat­is­fy­ing. Af­ter all, fes­ti­val direc­tor Ste­wart Aitken has spent more than a year mak­ing sure this an­nual cul­tural...

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