15-19 November 2016
Reviewed by Juliana Headley
Gang Show is a variety of performances by Scouts and Girl Guides. The idea originated from a fund-raising event in 1931 and the first show took place in 1932 at the Scala Theatre in London. Since then, productions have been organised around the world in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, and different part of the UK have their own versions. While they are all individual in character, all the shows share the ethos of originator’s concept of fundraising and have common elements, often including a finale performance of Crest of a Wave.
Last night’s performance was a particularly special one, celebrating 100 years of Cubs Scouts movement and 80 years since the first Gang Show performance in Scotland. It was great to see so many children from 5 years old onwards onstage to have fun and be so confident! When about 100 young people sing in unison, that power is just out of this world!
Because of the variety, everyone would have found something to enjoy. There were choir performances, short theatrical sketches, different dance styles, musicals and a lot more! The show was split into several themes, staring with schooldays, then a great production from Cubs, how they like to party and gently switched to Mum’s section. I especially enjoyed a young singer Alice Bailey singing a song “Mother of mine”. Such a touching song with amazing words and outstanding vocal performance!
I should also mention wonderful pieces written by Andy Johnston, one a comedy of Mary the Queen of Scotts meeting Shakespeare and Nicola Sturgeon and what conversation they had and another one about no matter how old a daughter is, a loving dad would never approve of her boyfriend.
In the Halloween section I absolutely adored Lucy Cowie and her ballad about being in love with a Monster. And later, a fantastic patriotic piece of how great it is to be Scottish!
Gang Show is a great opportunity to support local Scouts organizations and to take the whole family for a great night out! Regardless what your interests are, you will definitely have a superb night! Great family show!
Tickets cost from £11 to £18 (booking fees may apply).
Gang Show is at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh until 19 November 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0131 529 6000.
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ | 0131 529 6000