60 Years of Edinburgh Gang Show in 60 Seconds!

60 Years of Edinburgh Gang Show in 60 Seconds!

It’s fair to say that having a Gang Show free November was an unusual experience for many.

 

A short video was released on the 14th November, exactly 60 years since the first Edinburgh Gang Show opened at the King’s Theatre. This video was released at 7.30pm (the start time of the first show) and included photographs of items and key people from the past 60 years set to the soundtrack of ‘The Jamboree Overture’. This video also included a short message from cast members Connor and Riana.

To mark what would have been the 2020 opening night on the 17th November over 100 of the Gang joined a Zoom meeting to catch up, share memories of previous shows and to make a Promise that Edinburgh Gang Show will return bigger and better when we can. 

As 2021 approaches our attention will now turn to how we bring this very special Scouting and Girlguiding activity back to the King’s Theatre.

Stay tuned!

 

Scott Walker
Edinburgh Gang Show Active Support Unit
scottwalker82@hotmail.com 

2020 – Edinburgh Gang Show marks 60 Years (from a distance)

2020 – Edinburgh Gang Show marks 60 Years (from a distance)

As we head into November 2020 the reality is dawning on many members of the Gang that for the first time in 60 years there will be no Gang Show in Edinburgh this year. The curtain first rose on the Edinburgh Gang Show at 7.30pm on Monday 14th November 1960 at the King’s Theatre. The pioneering leaders who established the show must have had no inkling that the Edinburgh Gang Show would over later years involve hundreds of young people annually, entertain audiences of thousands of people, be acknowledged by royalty, commended by political and civic leaders, praised by all Chief Scouts from Charles Maclean to Bear Grylls and every UK, Scottish, County/Area/Regional Commissioner as well as being lauded by Gang Shows across the world as one of the premier shows.

They also would have had no inkling that it would take a global pandemic to halt the tradition of Scouts and Guides taking to the stage each year to work together, make new friends, grow in confidence, have fun and bring their talent to a wider audience.

Even in January/February 2020, with the memories of the 60th show still fresh in our minds, the leaders of today would have had no inkling of how the world was going to change later in the year. The month of March was a frightening period as it became clear of the scale of the coronavirus and the impact to every aspect of our lives. We observed Gang Shows up and down the country and overseas having to cancel at short notice with some just about to open or move into their theatres.

Sadly, in May the decision was made to cancel the Edinburgh Gang Show 2020 and turn our attention to offering an alternative production to engage our young people and adults. With the gradual return of face-to-face Scouting a huge effort was made to devise and arrange a production, prepare risk assessments and have them approved. “All our eyes” were not on the horizon but instead on the developing and changing guidelines issued by government, Scouts and Girlguiding. The Gang met via Zoom and the professional orchestra met to record soundtracks in a socially distanced recording session which was managed by industry professionals.

However, regrettably, we have had to postpone our Virtual Edinburgh Gang Show 2020 planned for November. Additional measures announced by The Scottish Government on Wednesday 7 October included the directive that performing arts activities must not take place outdoors in the central belt area, which included the Lothian Health Board, between 10 – 26 October. This period covered our planned outdoor rehearsals, COVID-secure vocal recording sessions and filming of the Virtual Edinburgh Gang Show.

A huge amount of work has been undertaken to get to this stage and it is our hope that when the circumstances allow, we will bring this unique opportunity back.

Reflecting on the announcement made on 11 October Andy Johnston, Gang Show Director said: “We are totally gutted that the virtual show has been postponed, but supporting the Scottish Government’s new measures, reducing the spread of the virus and keeping everyone safe must be our top priorities. The main purpose of the virtual show was to allow us to get together, work as a Gang and produce a piece of work that would showcase both our brilliant cast and our amazing capital city. This purpose has not changed and work will continue to make this happen when it is safe to do so. We’ll be back!!”

Alan Hunter, Regional Adviser (Gang Show) said: “We are bitterly disappointed not to be able to continue with our virtual Show but will keep an eye on all the regulations and hopefully continue with it when it is safe to do so, even if it’s early next year”.

When the time is right, the Gang will reunite, put on our red neckies, and once again instead of looking at COVID restrictions “All Our Eyes” will be on the distant horizon.

Scott Walker
Edinburgh Gang Show
scottwalker82@hotmail.com 

Getting the Gang Back Together

Getting the Gang Back Together

The Gang of 2020 recently put on their red neckerchiefs and came together online for an update on the plans for a virtual Edinburgh Gang Show in November. 

The professional Gang Show Orchestra met at The Studio, in a socially distanced manner, to record specially arranged music to soundtrack the Gang. It was truly amazing to hear the band play and to see each musician proudly wearing their red necky. 

As our plans develop and progress towards November, we hope that by engaging our talented young people in a different way we will be able to bring a bit of joy and happiness in these difficult times. 

Remember ‘there’s no show like the Gang Show!’

 

Scott Walker
Edinburgh Gang Show
scottwalker82@hotmail.com 

Edinburgh Gang Show 2020 Auditions – South East Scotland Scouts

Edinburgh Gang Show 2020 Auditions – South East Scotland Scouts

The Edinburgh Gang Show 2020 will take place at the King’s Theatre in November and we are looking to assemble a cast of over 250 young people. Being involved in the Gang Show is an excellent opportunity to have fun, make friends, gain confidence, perform in a professional theatre and develop skills for life!  Please pass on the details to young people who may be interested in performing arts or those looking for a new challenge. Edinburgh Gang Show is active on social media so keep up to date with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram #EGS2020 and please share our content.

In next month’s newsletter, existing cast members will share their experiences of the Gang Show.

Details of the requirements to be in the Gang Show and the Audition/Activity forms are available to download on the Edinburgh Gang Show website and should be completed in advance and brought to the audition. www.edinburghgangshow.co.uk 

MAIN GANG  – 10th May – St Anne’s Parish Church, Kaimes Road

Scouts, Explorer Scouts, Scout Network

Boys

2.00 – 3.00pm – All boys aged 10 years & over (by the dress rehearsal on 16/11/20)

Girls

2.45 – 4.00pm – Girls aged 12 years & over (by the dress rehearsal on 16/11/20)

3.45 – 5.00pm – Girls aged 11 years & over (by the dress rehearsal on 16/11/20)

4.45 – 6.00pm – Girls aged 10 years & over (by the dress rehearsal on 16/11/20)

JUNIOR GANG – 31st May – St Anne’s Parish Church, Kaimes Road

Cub Scouts

3.30 – 4.30pm – Boys and girls aged 8 years or over (by the dress rehearsal on 16/11/20)

 

Edinburgh Gang Show 2020
King’s Theatre, Edinburgh
Tue 17 to Sat 21 November
Tickets on sale soon

Edinburgh Gang Show 2020

Edinburgh Gang Show 2020

The Edinburgh Gang Show is a large-scale variety show that is presented annually at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh in November. The cast is made up entirely of 250 young people from South East Scotland Scouts and Girlguiding Edinburgh and is supported by over 100 adult volunteers. It is a fabulous experience to participate in a show of a very high standard in a professional working theatre and involvement offers the opportunity to make new friends, work towards various awards and gain #Skillsforlife. Being in Gang Show requires a significant commitment to rehearsals, the show week as well as to weekly Scouting and Girlguiding.

This year we are looking to recruit new members to join both Gangs. Please share the dates with your section, share on social media and encourage as many young people to try out for the show. 

Main Gang Auditions (Scouts, Guides, Explorer Scouts, Rangers, Scout Network)

Sunday 10th May – St Anne’s Parish Church, Kaimes Road, Edinburgh.

Junior Gang Auditions (Cub Scouts and Brownies)

Sunday 31st May – St Anne’s Parish Church, Kaimes Road, Edinburgh

Details of the format and times of the auditions will be given in a future newsletter.

Please follow the Edinburgh Gang Show on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #EGS2020 

Edinburgh Gang Show 2020
King’s Theatre, Edinburgh
Tue 17 to Sat 21 November 2020

Tickets on sale soon.

The 60th Edinburgh Gang Show

The 60th Edinburgh Gang Show

When the curtain came down on the Edinburgh Gang Show 2018 work began almost immediately to prepare for the 60th Edinburgh Gang Show which was presented at the King’s Theatre in November 2019.

Over 250 young people, supported by over 100 adult volunteers, worked tirelessly for many months to produce a show that was of the highest standard possible to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee show. To recognise their involvement every member of the show was presented with a certificate and the Main Gang and adults were presented with a limited-edition woggle and the Junior Gang were presented with a unique Gang Show badge with a ‘diamond’ affixed.

The show garnered numerous four-star reviews from various media organisations and over 5,500 people attended the show. The feedback has been superb.

Guests to the show included Christine Hunter Hughes (National President of the National Operatic and Dramatic Association), Stuart McCue-Dick (Councillor of NODA Scotland) Duncan Hendry (Chief Executive of Capital Theatres), Cllr Joan Griffiths (Depute Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh) Commissioners from South East Scotland Scouts and Girlguiding Edinburgh and members of the Brisbane, Melbourne, Coventry, Crewe, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Glasgow, Stirling, Dundee and London Gang Shows.

At the Saturday evening performance, we were honoured to welcome Tim Kidd (UK Chief Commissioner, The Scouts) Andrew Sharkey (Chief Commissioner, Scouts Scotland) and Moira McKenna (Scottish Chief Commissioner, Girlguiding Scotland) to the King’s Theatre. Their presence with us added to the very special atmosphere during Gang Show week.

The Edinburgh Gang Show is a major part of the programme that is offered by South East Scotland Scouts and Girlguiding Edinburgh so on behalf of everyone involved in Gang Show we would like to say thank you for your support over the past 60 years. “We’ve Got a Lot To Be Thankful For!”

It will soon be time to start working on the Edinburgh Gang Show 2020 – more details will follow in the New Year.