Cast of over 50 taking part
John Ives, our Creative Arts Coordinator and the Gang Show Chairman says:
What is a Gang Show?
Gang Show is a fantastic Scouting tradition which dates back to 1932 when a Rover Scout called Ralph Reader wrote and produced the first ever show. It was performed by a group of Scouts in London’s
Scala Theatre and took the format of a variety show, which was filled with songs, dances and comedy sketches. The format of modern Gang Shows is relatively unchanged from that very first show – although naturally the themes, scripts and music are updated for today’s audiences. And nowadays, Gang Shows aren’t just performed in London; they are performed all over the world – including right here in York!
York Scout & Guide Gang Show
The York show is thought to be one of the longest-running in the country and follows in the fine tradition of Gang Show. It is produced and performed every two years at Joseph Rowntree Theatre in York by an amazing cast and backstage crew comprising Brownies, Cubs, Guides, Scouts, Senior Section, Explorers, Network, Young Leaders and Leaders from York and Selby. We pride ourselves on being a fully inclusive show; there are no auditions to join the cast and all individuals are welcome, regardless of ability, disability or special needs. If you want to take part, you’re in the Gang!
Why come and watch our show?
Our shows are the culmination of months of hard work and dedication by the producer, directors, backstage crew and cast. Everyone involved gets so much out of Gang Show: new skills are learned, confidence is grown, friendships are made… but one of the main reason they do it is to entertain YOU! Without an audience, quite simply, there is no show. We have a Christmassy theme this year with some fabulous items including a potted pantomime as well as a Glee-style riff off and dancing in a 1950s diner. It promises to be a good one so come along, show your support for the 2018 Gang and enjoy a fun-filled evening (or afternoon!) of dazzling entertainment!
Are YOU ready for a really good show?