FUNBOX Dinosaur Safari – Review

There’s nothing quite like a family trip to the theatre. It’s some place I’ve loved taking my kids since they were very small, in the hope that one day they’ll grow into theatre fan girls, like their mum.

My favourite show to take them to, is always whatever FUNBOX production is currently running. We all adore their vibrant shows which are full of fun, songs, comedy capers and great big belly laughs (from the audience). This summer’s production Dinosaur Safari is no exception and had everyone clapping, singing and cheering along.

With a captivated audience filled with dinosaurs, cave people and little explorers, the dynamic trio Kevin, Anya and Gary and their beloved naughty dog Bonzo, did what they do best and entertained the socks off of everybody in the room.

As FUNBOX’s continue to tour Scotland this year with Dinosaur Safari and their other show, Rocking Over The World, it’s clear that it’s not just my children who love the awesome musical group.

The fact that they’re keeping Scottish traditional family songs alive, makes me exceptionally happy. There’s no chance of classics like Ye Cannae Shove Yer Granny Aff A Bus, dying on FUNBOX’s watch.

If you’re looking for a way to entertain the kids this summer, be sure to check out one of their shows for an afternoon filled with musical mayhem and fantastic fun. You won’t regret it.

For further information on FUNBOX and for ticket details, visit: www.funbox.co.uk

Tick Tock Music Angus and Dundee

I’m really looking forward to going along to Tick Tock Music Angus and Dundee’s first Carnoustie class on Thursday!

Run by Abbey Craig and Barry Smale, the interactive music and drama class for children under 5, brings popular songs and rhymes to life, through puppets and role play.

I’ll be reviewing the taster session for Culture for Kicks, but if any of you fancy coming along, here are the details:

Tick Tock Taster Session, Carnoustie
Thursday 21st of June at 11.30
Panbride Church Hall
10 Arbroath Road, Carnoustie

Further information and details of the Broughty Ferry class, can be found here:
http://www.ticktockmusic.co.uk/find-your-nearest-tick-tock/angus-and-dundee/
and on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ticktockangusanddundee/

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Review – Dundee Literary Festival 2017

Last weekend was my favourite annual book festival, Dundee Literary Festival and as usual it didn’t let me down. Jam packed full of wonderful authors and glorious bookie events – it’s little wonder that literature lovers return to it year after year.

I attended this year’s festival with my fellow Chasing Timers, Sandra Ireland and Elizabeth Frattaroli, who are also huge Dundee Literary Festival fans.  Together we went to see a number of wonderful events including: New Worlds: a writing for young adults workshop with author Joan Lennon, Talk: Literature in Britain Today with Tim Robertson, Director of the Royal Literature Society, In Conversation with Graeme Macrae Burnet and Louise Welsh and In Conversation: Beyond Our Times with journalist and author Mark O’Connell.

Each event was unique and riveting in its own way. We listened, considered, debated and learned something new at every talk and discussion. As always the standard of speakers and the organisation of the event was phenomenal.

One of the best things about the festival is the sense of community there. It’s a fabulously warm and engaging event, full of friendly faces who all share the same love and passion for reading. When I first started attending book events a few years ago, I knew no one, but now I recognise so many lovely bookish people. It’s wonderful to feel part of a community that is so warm and special and welcoming.

Sadly this year, we say goodbye to Peggy Hughes who is leaving for pastures new. I’d just like to say thank you to Peggy for all of her hard work over the years, I know how much myself and the rest of the bookish community in both Dundee and around Scotland, appreciate all of your dedication. Your passion for literature has really helped the Dundee book scene come to life. We’ll miss you dreadfully, but we wish you all the luck in the world with your new bookish adventures.

Dundee Literary Festival 2017

Hip hip hooray! Tomorrow marks the beginning of my favourite bookie event, Dundee Literary Festival, which takes places in my native city.

This year’s event which takes it’s inspiration from the great thinker, biologist, mathematician and classics scholar, D’Arcy Thompson whose book On Growth and Form, celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, peers inside the books and stories featured at the event, analysing their structure, form and secrets too.

Jam packed with literary stars from crime writer Denise Mina, Man Booker Prize shortlister, Graeme Macrae Burnet and Tracy Beaker author and Honorary Graduate of the University of Dundee, Jacqueline Wilson – there really is something for everything at this extraordinary book festival.

I’m looking forward to attending a number of events over the long weekend, including a writing tutorial with YA author Joan Lennon on Friday, Literature in Britain Today with Tim Robertson, Director of the Royal Society of Literature on Saturday and Beyond Our Times with Irish author Sara Baume and Journalist Mark O’Connell.

It’s going to be a fabulous few days and I’m looking forward to reviewing the events that I see, next week!

For more information and to book tickets, visit: https://literarydundee.co.uk/festival

Funbox Underwater Adventure

It doesn’t matter how many times I take my girls to see Funbox, it’s always an absolute pleasure. So when I found out that they were returning to Dundee, I knew we had to go.

This summer’s production, Underwater Adventure, sees the gang taking a voyage beneath the waves to the bottom of the ocean in a show that promised to be full of frolics and plenty of capers!! So how could we resist?

When we arrived at the theatre, it was already packed full of little mermaids and tiddlers who were hyped up and ready for the laughter and fun to begin. And they weren’t disappointed! As usual, the show included some new and very catchy tunes and some old classics such as My Father Went To Sea, Sea, Sea and The World Must Be Coming To An End – all of which were accompanied by some very funky dance moves which the children (and ahem… a few of the adults) copied with glee.

The show went down a treat with the whole audience adored Cha Cha Cha-ing along to the Funbox rhyme. As always the gang came offstage after the gig, ready to greet their fans. They are always so generous with their time posing for photographs and chatting with the kids, adding to the excitement of the day.

I can’t tell you how much I love taking my kids along to these shows. After seeing the Singing Kettle myself when I was a girl, I know how exciting a trip to the theatre can be for kids. When I take my girls along to see Funbox, I know that we’re not just having a good day out, we’re making memories that will last lifetime. So thank you Funbox. Keep up the good work!

Funbox are currently touring Scotland with their fabulously fun productions. For more information and to book tickets to see them live, visit: www.funbox.co.uk

*Disclaimer – I was provided with tickets to see Funbox in exchange for this fair and honest review.