While I’d love to be all cool and pretend to be indifferent, I cannot lie – I am a huge Funbox fan. I love them because they are keeping all the traditional songs and silliness alive for my two girls. I love them because, when I tell my kids that we’re spending the afternoon in their company, they light up like little Christmas trees. But mostly I love Funbox because they are just really, really brilliant at what they do.
So it’s fair to say that we were all a little bit excited as we made our way to see their Superheroes show in Dundee’s Whitehall Theatre. When we arrived to a theatre packed with little superheroes, my little Supergirl and slightly bigger Animalgirl, were more than ready for the laughter and fun to commence. And it certainly did! As usual, the show included some new and very catchy tunes, some old classics like The Quartermasters Show and Little Bunny Fou Fou as well as lots and lots of laughs including a hilarious and slightly awkward incident when Kevin and Bonzo met for the first time!
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. As I watched my two girls cuddling Anya and giggling along with Gary and Kevin, I just knew that meeting the gang, was something that they’d always remember. Funbox have helped to create a special memory for my kids that will last a lifetime. And because of that, I’ll love them forever.
Find out more about Funbox and their current Scottish tour on their website: www.funbox.co.uk
Stepping into the Dundee Rep to see Little Red and the Wolf was like stepping into a fairy tale. The theatre had been completely transformed into a magical wood, where mischief and mayhem lurked around every corner. Doing away with the theatre’s traditional seating, the action all takes place on set. Perched on our plastic chairs and floor cushions, we were so very close to the action, that we felt completely immersed in the experience the whole time.
Sitting waiting for the show to begin we were greeted by the cast who were mingling amongst the audience. Meeting Granny Island from Katie Morag (Annie Louise Ross), who plays the part of Little Red’s Granny, was a particularly special moment for my two girls who were rendered speechless for the first time I can ever remember. But also seeing the rest of the cast including the beautiful Little Red (Marli Siu) and the very charming wolf Lyka (Cristian Ortega) up close, was also very lovely.
When the play began, it was clear that this was going to be a very special production indeed. Filled with laughs, suspense and plenty of scary moments, Little Red and the Wolf had the whole audience on the edge of their seat.
Superbly acted, the concept of Little Red and the Wolf is very clever, completely turning the traditional fairy tale on its head. Watching the production I experienced the whole range of emotions. One minute I was rooting for characters and the next I was jumping out of my seat. During one particularly touching scene I may or may not have shed a tiny little tear or ten. As the mother of two girls, I was particularly pleased to see a feisty and very clever Little Red, who makes a fantastic role model for children everywhere.
My girls too absolutely loved it too and were completely mesmerised throughout, being so close made them feel like they had really been part of something very special. On leaving one wanted to become a wolf and the other an actress – so I think I can safely say the production made a big impact. All in all Little Red and the Wolf is an absolutely spellbinding production, which is not to be missed. Little Red and the Wolf runs at the Dundee Rep until the 9th of April.
To find out more and book tickets, visit the Dundee Rep’s website: www.dundeerep.co.uk
You know you’ve had a good night out when you feel more than a little broken the next day. And that’s exactly how I’m feeling this afternoon as I recover from the excellent Pop Up Christmas #SteepleChristmas party organised by Red Pepper Events.
As a freelance journalist, I have no official Christmas night out, so when El and her lovely team invited me to join in the fun at the best pop up party in town, I jumped at the chance.
The night was filled of magic, from the incredible fire breathing woman that greeted us as we arrived to the phenomenal magician Michael Brandie who had me shouting “how is that possible?” over and over again as he performed his wonderful table magic.
The three course traditional Christmas meal (which included the most amazing potato gratin that I have ever tasted), was divine and the cocktails even more scrumptious, although I’ll admit they did cause my head to pound ever so slightly this morning!
As an infrequent and over enthusiastic party goer, I love nothing more than hounding the DJ to play my favourite tune, but at the #SteepleChristmas I didn’t even have to leave my seat. Instead I just tweeted the DJ with my brilliant requests (seriously thinking about becoming a DJ myself in 2016, I’m that good) and they started playing as if by magic! Okay so perhaps a few of my choices were slightly dodgy, but thankfully The Mackie Twins indulged me all the same.
From the terrific lighting by Vision, Sound and Light to the fabulous festive atmosphere, #SteepleChristmas is an enchanting event which has all the right ingredients for a perfect Christmas night out.
Pop Up Christmas #SteepleChristmas is organised by Red Pepper Events. Find out more about them by visiting their website or Facebook page.
“Out of the gate and off for a walk went Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy….” is how my three year old girl’s favourite bedtime story begins. Hairy Maclary and his chums are hard not to love. Since we discovered the book a few years ago every dog we meet is categorised by a character from the book. Is that doggy more of a Bitzer Maloney (all skinny or bony) or a Hercules Morse (as big as a horse)? That Schnitzel von Krumm is my own personal fave!
The series of books are so filled with fun and frolics that they real are gorgeous to read. In fact so gorgeous that it’s fair to say that I also count myself as a bit of a fan!
So imagine our excitement when we found out that The Hairy Maclary and Friends Show is touring and coming to the Gardyne Theatre in Dundee, not far from us! Delighted!
For more details about the Dundee show on Wednesday the 14th of October or to find details about the other shows in the tour, visit: www.hairymaclaryshow.co.uk