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VIRTUAL SHOWS THIS DECEMBER
10 Dec 2020

SANTA’S BIG SURPRISE will be streaming online on the 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th and now Christmas Eve!

The theatres are closed but Christmas is anything but cancelled with Funbox this year as they bring to you their new VIRTUAL Christmas show for 2020 streamed to the comfort of your own home… SANTA’S BIG SURPRISE! 

Streaming throughout December, Gary, Anya and Kevin have decided to throw Santa a surprise party to say thank you for all the festive cheer he brings. But who’s on the guest list? Will Santa turn up? And what if the Hokey Cokey’s really what it’s all about?With traditional Christmas songs, exciting new festive Funbox singalongs, more silliness than you can shake a stocking at and special TICKET UPGRADES to make your experience fully interactive, you won’t want to miss bringing SANTA’S BIG SURPRISE to your home this December! To book a show check out the show page HERE

***SCHOOLS, NURSERIES, GROUPS***

You don’t have to miss out either on your Funbox festive trip as we have a package for you to help bring Christmas cheer straight to your classrooms! Fill in the form HERE for more info. Tag a friend who needs a little Funbox fun this Christmas.

GARY RETIRING FROM FUNBOX IN JANUARY
2 Dec 2020

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

FUNBOX BLACK FRIDAY DEALS
27 Nov 2020

🛍BLACK FRIDAY AND NEW CHRISTMAS SHOP ADDITIONS🎁

Although we prefer FUN FRIDAY!

Head to our Online Shop to get some amazing deals on CDs and DVDs PLUS free postage

AND we have two new Christmas products available for the festive season…

☎️🎅🏻SANTA CALLS – A Zoom chat with the big man himself!
🎄💌CHRISTMAS CARDS – A personalised, hand written card from the Funbox gang

These are limited time only offers and products so don’t miss out 🛒👉🏻 www.funbox.co.uk/shops/


What are you waiting for – check it out now!

FUNBOX THIS CHRISTMAS - UPDATED
9 Nov 2020

The theatres are closed but Christmas is anything but cancelled with Funbox this year as they bring to you their new VIRTUAL Christmas show for 2020 streamed to the comfort of your own home… SANTA’S BIG SURPRISE!

Streaming throughout December, Gary, Anya and Kevin have decided to throw Santa a surprise party to say thank you for all the festive cheer he brings. But who’s on the guest list? Will Santa turn up? And what if the Hokey Cokey’s really what it’s all about?With traditional Christmas songs, exciting new festive Funbox singalongs, more silliness than you can shake a stocking at and special TICKET UPGRADES to make your experience fully interactive, you won’t want to miss bringing SANTA’S BIG SURPRISE to your home this December! To book a show check out the show page HERE

***SCHOOLS, NURSERIES, GROUPS***

You don’t have to miss out either on your Funbox festive trip as we have a package for you to help bring Christmas cheer straight to your classrooms! Fill in the form HERE for more info. Tag a friend who needs a little Funbox fun this Christmas.

BONZO TOY IN STOCK
4 Nov 2020

OWN THE NEW CUDDLY BONZO

He’s back! Yes our all new Cuddly Bonzo has arrived and is now in stock

You can now own your very own  version of Funbox’s naughty dog. He’s almost completely house trained and ready to be your best friend. With a red velveteen collar and embroidered eyed he’s ready for big hugs.

Bonzo is 30cm tall and conforms to European Community safety standard: EN71 & British standard: BS5665

The filling is 100% new material

Hand washable

Suitable for 36 months +

You can order your very own pal online HERE

PORTLETHEN IN 2021
3 Sep 2020

RESCHEDULED EVENT NEWS

We have an event in 2021! We are delighted to be returning to the Academy Theatre in conjunction with Portlethen Town Association on Sat 27th March with the rescheduled HOW TO BE A SUPERHERO. If you had tickets for the cancelled date in 2020 these can be carried forward to the 2021 performances. The capacity has been reduced in line with current Covid 19 health advice and guidelines so tickets are limited. They can be bought NOW from Aberdeen Performing Arts HERE

How to be a Superhero