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Ahoy there! Calling young pirates

Children’s performers, Funbox are heading to Galashiels and Hawick this summer with their pirate party singalong show!

Their aim is simple; to take their own brand of family singalong silliness across the length and breadth of Scotland and beyond. Funbox members, Anya Scott-Rodgers, Kevin Macleod and Gary Coupland MBE bring a wealth of experience from their days as performers and writers with The Singing Kettle, and they continue to enthral and delight kids of all ages, from nought to ninety, maintaining the balance of traditional singalong songs and brand new compositions with a distinctly Scottish flavour.

Everyone’s favourite cheeky dog, Bonzo, is along for the ride too and causing chaos wherever he goes. There are other regular characters who pop up too, including Fluffy and Flossie the friendly Funsters, Fairy Fran and Kevin’s crazy Granny, Mary. At the heart of every show is the magical ‘funbox’, which contains everything you need to sing a song or have an adventure. The funbox can only be unlocked with one of the gang’s special keys, but those keys do have a habit of going missing or getting lost.

“Children are the best audience to play for,” says Kevin. “They love to dress up and join in without prompting. It’s a rare privilege to be able to keep them entertained with our songs and silliness. And big people can have a laugh and join the fun too.”

The first weekend of June will see the gang bring their feel-good family singalong show Pirate Party to Galashiels and Hawick for the first time and everyone’s invited to dress up as a pirate for the show.

“Being a Scottish company, we feel it’s our duty to visit as many parts of our country as we can and working with Live Borders means we can come to Galashiels and Hawick as part of our touring schedule,” continues Anya. “We love that we are able to keep traditional playground songs alive and introduce new ones too. There’s something very special about a shared communal experience. And who doesn’t love a good singalong?”

Olly Robertson, one of our Area Managers, said “Live Borders has been bringing new and diverse acts to our local town halls with the aim of making lives in the community healthier, happier and stronger. We definitely think Funbox’s Pirate Party shows in both Volunteer Hall and Hawick Town Hall will make people happier, and we can’t wait to see people of all ages get involved in the fun. To find out more about our ongoing programme of events throughout the year and across the Borders, I recommend checking the Live Borders website.”

Join a Pirate Party at Volunteer Hall, Galashiels, 14:00 on Saturday 1 June or Hawick Town Hall, 14:00 on Sunday 2 June. For tickets, call 01750 725 480 or visit www.eventbrite.co.uk.

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