Growing up, going to the theatre was a big part of my life. My mum would take us to the local arts centre – the Macrobert in Stirling – to see kids’ shows and in the summer holidays, we’d go along to drama workshops. Later, my brother and I joined Forefront Children’s Theatre where the pinnacle of my theatrical career was being the front end of Daisy the Cow in Jack and the Beanstalk – oh and in one show I got to sing a solo verse of the Les Mis number Master Of The House. Idina Menzel ain’t got nothing on me!
Looking back, I have so many memories tied in with children’s theatre and live shows (like the time we went to see Glen Michael’s Cavalcade live – that will probably only mean something to Scottish people) but one show we went to see time and time again was The Singing Kettle. From a young age, we’d go to see Cilla and Artie do their live shows and we had their tape (back in the days before CDs) so listened to their songs like Apples And Bananas, Train To Glasgow and Ye Cannae Shove Yer Granny Off A Bus over and over again, at home. SO excited that it’s available on iTunes now.
Amazingly, The Singing Kettle is still going strong (although Cilla and Artie have stepped down from performing and now have creative roles behind the scenes) and they’ve got a Scotland-wide tour coming up soon that runs until October. I’m tempted to book a flight to Glasgow with my three-year-old and book tickets for the jungle-themed Eastwood Park Theatre show on 30th August. She would LOVE the songs, the humour and the bright colours. If you’re tempted too, you’d probably get a good deal at the Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport hotel and it’s not too far to travel to the theatre. You could even go a few days early and get the train through to Edinburgh to catch the tail-end of the Edinburgh Festival too – there are LOADS of fun shows and activities for kids happening there.
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