It’s all kids’ play as Anya gets set for Kettle show

Anya and co-star Kevin Macleod pay a visit to the indoor rainforest at Amazonia.
Anya and co-star Kevin Macleod pay a visit to the indoor rainforest at Amazonia.

The Singing Kettle returns to Motherwell Concert Hall next month, but its newest member says acting like a kid isn’t really like work.

Lanarkshire girl Anya Scott-Rodgers joined the line-up earlier in the year and along with Kevin Macleod and Gary Coupland will enjoy a ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ over the weekend of October 5 and 6.

She said: “I definitely wanted to do something in entertainment and had previously done work in schools with Baldy Bane Theatre Company.

“I was pulled on stage by the Singing Kettle when I was six and it is a memory I carried with me, but I never thought it would actually be my job.

“I’m not daunted by kids, I took swimming lessons before moving into theatre so have always been around them and being paid to act like a child isn’t bad.

“Some people think children’s theatre is easier, but there’s a lot to learn and you have to keep a constantly energy up so some days I’m fit for my bed by 7pm.

“It can be tougher holding the attention of a younger audience, rather than an adult one.

“But who doesn’t like singing and dancing about so I’m having great fun and it’s not really like work at all.”

The Times & Speaker caught up with Anya at Amazonia in Strathclyde Park, which proved a fitting location.

She said: “My grandpa Bernard Scott came from Motherwell and was one of the driving forces behind Strathclyde Park so it is really nice to get to come back.

“He took me to the pantomime in Motherwell every year so I’m delighted to now be performing there.

“I’ve been warned family will be coming to see me, but told them to stick to the back row, no front row seats.”