The Singing Kettle returns with Artie’s revival

Artie Trezise, with one of the original kettles from the show, is heading for Arran next month.

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The hugely popular kids show The Singing Kettle, loved by generations of Scots youngsters, has been revived and is heading to Arran.

Artie’s Singing Kettle live is on tour and is coming to the Arran High School theatre on
Saturday March 19 at 2pm.

And Artie’s is back with the original singing kettles packed with favourite songs including: Music Man, Buy me a Banana, Bunny Fou Fou, Eelly Alley O, as well as stories and even some magic tricks.

Speaking to the Banner Artie Trezise said it would be the first time he had performed on Arran since staging a school show on the island more than 20 years ago.

He also has fond memories as a child coming to Arran from Cupar in Fife and it was here that he learned to ride a bike.

He said: ‘The show is nostalgia for adults and fun for kids. Bring granny too. We promise not to “Shove Granny off the Bus”.’

The Singing Kettle was formed in the early 1980s by Artie and his wife Cilla Fisher. Very soon they were joined by Gary Coupland and the three stalwarts were the backbone of the company for more than 30 years.

From the very start Singing Kettle shows have been based on clues for songs inside brightly coloured kettles with the famous chant: ‘Spout, handle, lid of metal. What’s inside the singing kettle?’ – which Artie still uses today.

While this principle was always central to the action, plot lines and stage sets were built around imaginative story lines, transforming the original concept into a spectacular musical for the whole family.

The Singing Kettle turned children’s theatre into an art form and the troupe’s unique performances became the bench mark for fellow professionals everywhere.

They performed in hundreds of venues, from the Palladium in London to the Town Hall in Campbeltown, from the Palace Theatre in Kilmarnock to the Royal Palace in Jordan.

BAFTA-award winning and decorated with MBEs for services to children’s entertainment, audiences worldwide were hooked on their madcap musical adventures flavoured with cheeky Scottish humour.

Adults and children alike found themselves singing the songs together long after the performances were over.

The company closed in 2015, with the final line-up forming Fun Box and with Cilla retiring.

Artie continued performing solo shows as Artie’s Tartan Tales but since the beginning of 2020 his show is now Artie’s Singing Kettle.

There is a £10 one price ticket for the show, plus booking fee. Babes in arms (under 1) are free. Doors open at 1.30pm and the hour long show starts at 2pm.