Reviewed by Lorna Templeton
Funbox have become firm favourites with the children of Scotland since they took over the mantle from the famous Singing Kettle. Their shows sell out all over the country all year, but it’s their Christmas show which has become the most anticipated event of the year for pre-school children.
Using a mixture of traditional Scottish children’s songs, nursery rhymes, and their own special creations, Anya, Kevin and Gary manage to captivate the audience, encouraging even the most cynical grown up to join in with the actions. There are also plenty of little winks and ad-libs for the mums and dads to enjoy!
Santa’s Funtastic Factory has the gang working in Santa’s factory to help fulfil the children of the world’s requests. Watching the toys being created via the “machine” was great fun. There was lots of audience participation, with a selection of children being chosen to help onstage in typically fun, crazy costumes. The Santa hats and whistles the audience were encouraged to bring were put to good use throughout the show.
Bonzo the dog, a huge favourite with the kids, appeared too and was a hit as ever. And it was all topped off by a magical appearance by Santa himself.
Funbox have become a real tradition for my family at Christmas, as well as many others, and my 2-year-old was absolutely captivated by the show. On this evidence, they will be delighting the children of Scotland for many years to come.
Santa’s Funtastic Factory is currently on tour, for more information visit www.funbox.co.uk.
For other shows at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall visit www.glasgowconcerthalls.com.
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3NY | 0141 353 8000