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Greenock Gang Show 2018

bdsc_0143Following the huge success of previous Shows, Greenock Gang Show 2018 takes place 13th – 17th November in the  Beacon Arts Centre

Preparations are now in hand with the schedule for Auditions and Rehearsals as follows:-

Auditions will be held for Greenock & District Scout Gang Show on Wednesday 13th June 2018 in the Lyle Kirk, Pirrie Hall Building (Corner of Esplanade)

Scouts …….       6.30 pm
Explorers  ……. 7.45 pm

Leaders / Adults (register only) …… 8.30 pm


Auditions will consist of singing, voice check for sketches, and dance, attendees should not worry about this as the information is used to fit the cast to roles and identify talents they have. Unless we are totally oversubscribed, the intention is to allow all who register to participate in the Gang Show irrespective of any level of skill. All District members are encouraged to participate.

An additional Audition evening, only for those who cannot make Wednesday, will be held on Thursday 14th June at 7pm in the same building. This needs to be arranged by calling Kenny on 638742 to confirm an attendance time if you can only attend on Thursday. Fully completed Audition and Permission & Gift Aid Forms should be brought to auditions, it would be very helpful if these could be printed duplex.

Main cast rehearsals will begin on Sunday 19th  August from 2pm until 5 pm in the Lyle Kirk Union Street building.

If there are individuals who would like to participate but may be put off by the costs, we will take £1 each week of rehearsals as a contribution to T shirts, cast outings etc., please ensure the registrar or other leaders in the business or production teams are made aware and costs will be taken care of. Fruit will be provided free of charge at rehearsals in addition to the purchase of tuck shop items.

Beaver Rehearsals are likely to start on Sunday 7th October from 1 – 2 pm.

Cub Rehearsals should begin on Sunday 9th September 1 – 2 pm.

Tickets will be on sale to groups and cast members until mid September then on sale to the public from the end of September.




A link is shown at the bottom of the page to view Permission & Registration Forms

Gang Show History:

Gang 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 76 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 2018 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 and teamwork skills that stay with them for life.

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