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Greenock Gang Show 2016

Once again Greenock Gang Show has ran it’s course and the final curtain has fallen. With a cast of over 140, they  perfomed in front of sell out audiences from Tuesday 15th to Saturday 19th November 2016 at the Beacon Arts Centre

rom the beginning to end it is action packed with exciting and colourful items including participation from Beavers and Cubs





bdsc_0095bdsc_0018The cast and many helpers involved in Gang Show 2016 wish to thank all family members, fellow Scouts, sponsors and advertisers, kindred organisations, staff and management of the Beacon Arts Centre and the Inverclyde public for their support of the show. Well done to everyone for a fantastic week.



bdsc_0068gang-show-2They would also like to thank our Producer Kenny Wilson and his assistants; Musical Director Frank McCamley and supporting musicians; Shoona McCaig and her team of dressers and wardrobe assistants; Gordon McCready and stage crew, prompters, stewards and front of house team and a host of other volunteers for a marvellous team effort and a great week of friendship and lasting memories.




gang-show-3During the week of the show, the cast welcomed staff from the Greenock Community Fire Station who assisted us in selling prize draw tickets. A cheque will be presented by the cast to the Andrew Adams Fund.





Gang Show History:

dsc_3203Gang Show had its beginning in 1932 when a young Rover Scout, Ralph Reader, was making a name for himself in theatrical circles. In fact, Ralph was already a famous and sought after choreographer on Broadway – but his life took a remarkable twist after he wrote and produced the first Gang Show to raise money for a local swimming pool. Recognising the worth of this form of training, Baden-Powell encouraged Reader to continue.

He did – and went on to establish the world famous London Gang Show tradition, as well as writing the words and music to hundreds of songs and sketches, including the world famous song “We’re Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave” (1934).

From that small beginning, the Gang Show has become one of the traditions of Scouting and has given Royal Command performances – the only amateur act to ever receive this honour.

Greenock Boy Scouts Gang Show had its’ first outing, of a three night run, on Thursday 26th March 1942 in Lady Alice School playing to an audience of about 400 in that first night. The Greenock Telegraph reported at the time ‘nothing but praise can be lavished on their efforts ………. there are songs and sketches galore, the boys are to the fore all the time ……… nothing has been neglected to make the show a success ……. lighting and stage effects are all in keeping with the atmosphere’

Much has changed in our environment and to our expectations since 1942. In the Gang Show the team has expanded to incorporate all of Greenock & District from Wemyss Bay to Quarriers Village and the Scout movement now includes females as opposed to just the ‘boys who were at the fore’ in 1942. However, the same spirit and professionalism is evident in the Greenock & District Gang Shows 74 years later. The show is now held bi-annually regularly selling out all 6 performances, playing to an audience of around 500 at each show. The 2016 show is also expected to sell out with, as well as the local audience, visitors from the major cities in Scotland as a result of the Greenock team’s contribution in the National Scout Gang Show which was held in Aberdeen to celebrate the centenary of Scouting in 2007. The boys (and girls) were fantastic and earned lots of praise, they were a credit to Inverclyde and demonstrated the wealth of young local talent still at the fore in the area.

Greenock & District Gang Show gives Beavers, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Network members aged from 6 – 25, plus Adult Leaders, the opportunity to explore their creative side. To experience the thrill of performance, make new friends and to have a good laugh at themselves and with others and importantly it helps them develop confidence skills that stay with them for life.