After nearly four decades entertaining families the length and breadth of Scotland and beyond, Gary Coupland  – formerly of the Singing Kettle and now of Funbox – is retiring from theatre touring.

“I was part of the Singing Kettle for 30 years and Funbox for nearly 6”, said Gary, who was awarded an MBE for his services to children’s entertainment in 2000. “As much as it’s been a pleasure and a privilege, I feel like it’s time me to step away from life on the road, slow down and enjoy some free time for once.” 

“Since the start of Funbox, Kevin, Anya and I have run the company ourselves, dealing with admin during the week as well as performing. People ask us at our weekend performances what we do on our days off and we reply – this is our day off!”

Fans will no doubt be disappointed that due to the current pandemic and closure of theatres there will be no final onstage fling for the Music Man, however they do have an online show: ‘Santa’s Big Surprise’ coming this month. Fear not though, Funbox will continue as Kevin, Anya and of course Bonzo the dog, are carrying on and are looking forward to a fully booked 2021.

“Naturally we’re gutted that Gary is retiring from performing with us. Funbox is our creation and it feels like the end of an era with one of the founding members leaving”, said Anya, who joined the Singing Kettle two years before its closure in 2015. “But despite everything this year has thrown at us, Kevin and I are delighted to be carrying on with Gary’s support.”

Although no longer a part of the company, and hoping to spend more time with his family or getting everyone up dancing at weddings and parties, Gary will still help with the music that brings a Funbox show to life. Kevin laughed “My musical talents go as far as the kazoo so it’s good we can still work with Gary!” 

Gary adds; “I will miss all the people who have came to the shows over the years and supported us . You made going to work so enjoyable. But I’m thrilled Funbox is continuing without me. Thank you to all our Funboxers young and old”.

FUNBOX will be heading online for shows this Christmas as Gary, Anya, Kevin and Bonzo are planning a big party for Santa.  For more details on how you can watch ‘SANTA’S BIG SURPRISE’ at home, school or nursery; go HERE