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Main Gang Rehearsals Underway!

Rehearsals are now well underway for the Edinburgh Gang Show 2022. 

Over the next month, the Gang will learn, set and rehearse most of the items in Act One. With over 100 new members of the cast, they are working together brilliantly to support each other as they bring the show to life!

Tickets for the Edinburgh Gang Show 2022 will go on sale in July but please keep the dates free and consider bringing your Pack, Troop or Unit to the Festival Theatre in November. Save this information:

Edinburgh Gang Show 2022
Tue 1 to Sat 5 November
Festival Theatre
Evenings 7pm
Sat Matinee 2pm


Junior Gang Auditions

The Junior Gang have for 25 years been a highlight of the Edinburgh Gang Show and this year we are looking to recruit as many Cub Scouts as possible to be part of the show.

This year, in a first for Edinburgh Gang Show, the Junior Gang will also have an extra bit to do in the show. How exciting is that?!

Please encourage older Beaver Scouts who will be Cubs by November and Cubs who will still be Cubs by show week to give the Gang Show a go.

Junior Gang Auditions
Sunday 26th June
Blackhall St Columba’s, Columba Road
Cub Scouts – Cub Scouts – 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Further Details and Activity Forms: Auditions 2022 | Edinburgh Gang Show

Gang Show 90

It is 90 years since ‘The Gang’s All Here’, a revue starring 100 London Scouts and written and produced by Ralph Reader, was staged at the Scala Theatre. 

To celebrate this remarkable anniversary 160 young people from 39 individual Gang Shows from all over the UK will come together to perform ‘GANG SHOW 90’, a special one-off show at the Eventim Apollo in London on Saturday 9th July 2022.

We are delighted to announce that Edinburgh Gang Show is involved with the show and our representatives in the cast will be Ruben Binney, Honor Dobbie, Matt Knowles and Jess Lyall.

Alan Hunter, Regional Adviser, Gang Show: “We are delighted that the Edinburgh Show will be represented in the celebration of 90 years of Gang Show. I am sure this is an experience our four will never forget. I thank the organisers for the opportunity for Edinburgh to be involved and wish them every success for the Show.”

Andy Johnston, Edinburgh Gang Show Director: “We are very proud indeed to be sending four of the Edinburgh Gang to take part in this unique celebration at the famous Eventim Apollo at Hammersmith. This show celebrates the inspiration of Ralph Reader that still drives Gang Shows across the country and for our young people will be an experience they will never forget.   The pride in both Edinburgh and Scotland that flows annually from the King’s stage will soon be sweeping across London and this talented foursome will represent us with great panache and passion. 

I’m actually quite jealous that I’ll only get to watch the show!”

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at

There is also the opportunity to join The GS90 Club which offers exclusive benefits and will help fund the show. GS90 – GS90 Club.

For more information about Gang Show 90 follow them on all socials and the website GS90 – #GangShow90

Edinburgh Gang Show 2022 will feature …

Edinburgh Gang Show 2022 will feature …

Congratulations to all who participated in the Main Gang auditions for the Edinburgh Gang Show 2022.  

This year’s show at the Festival Theatre will feature Scouts and Explorer Scouts from the following Groups and Units:

  • Braid – 25th, 75th, 114th, SMESU, Meadows ESU. 
  • Craigalmond – 16th, 21st, 26th, 30th, 82nd, 87th, 150th, Graeme Allan ESU, Pink Panthers ESU. 
  • East Lothian – Longniddry Scouts, 1st Tranent. 
  • Edinburgh North East – 5th, 11th, 14th, 64th, 104th. 
  • Pentland – 31st, 51st, 100th, Edge ESU. 

Cub Scouts are invited to come along to the Junior Gang auditions on 26th June at St Columba’s, Blackhall. Full details are on the Gang Show website.

Offer an experience like no other by encouraging your Cubs to take part in a very special show that showcases the amazing talents of the young people in South East Scotland Scouts.  

Junior Gang – useful information

Edinburgh Gang Show 2022 | Tue 1 to Sat 5 November | Festival Theatre | Tickets on sale from July 

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Edinburgh Gang Show Is Back

Edinburgh Gang Show Is Back

In November 2019 the curtain came down on the hugely successful 60th Edinburgh Gang Show and although planning had started for the 61st show the pandemic meant that the 2020 and 2021 shows had to be cancelled.

But in 2022 the Edinburgh Gang Show returns with a new energy and vigour and we want as many of our amazing young people to get involved in the biggest Gang Show in the UK! This year’s show will be performed at the Festival Theatre, because the King’s Theatre is closing for a major redevelopment, so this is a fantastic opportunity for even more young people to get the chance to shine on one of the biggest stages in Europe.

Gang Show is one of the greatest examples of Scouting and Girlguiding working together and we want to rekindle that close relationship.

Encourage your young people to be part of history and be part of the Gang in 2022! Information below for download and distribution. 


Main Gang

Junior Gang


Gang Show is an activity for young people aged between 8 and 25 years old by 31st October 2022.  For example, if a young person is a Cub Scout or Brownie at the date of the Main Gang audition (3rd April) they can audition if they will be in Scouts or Guides by show week (31st October). Likewise if they are in Beaver Scouts or Rainbows at the time of the Junior Gang audition (26th June) they can audition if they will be 8 years old by 31st October 2022. This year we actively encourage Explorer Scouts, Rangers, Young Leaders and Network to give Gang Show a go!


Don’t be put off by the word ‘audition’. This is a relaxed and engaging session where young people are taught a song and some basic movement which allows the production team the opportunity to spot potential Gang members.


Main Gang Auditions –  Sunday 3rd April, St Anne’s Parish Church, Kaimes Road.

  • All Boys 1.45pm – 2.45pm
  • Girls 14+ 2.30pm – 3.45pm
  • Girls 12 & 13 3.30pm – 4.45pm
  • Girls 10 & 11 4.30pm – 5.45pm

Junior Gang Auditions – Sunday 26th June (note change in date previously advised), Blackhall St Columba’s, Columba Road.


  • Brownies Cast 1 – Abercorn, Blackford, Braid, Harlaw & Pentland – 2.00pm – 3.00pm
  • Brownies Cast 2 – Forth, Inveralmond, New Leith, Raeburn & Turnhouse – 2.45pm – 3.45pm
  • Cub Scouts – 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Edinburgh Gang Show 2022
Tue 1st to Sat 5th November
Festival Theatre
Tickets on-sale July 2022


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Further information: 
Alan Hunter
Regional Adviser – Staged Performances

Edinburgh Gang Show 2022 – Update

Edinburgh Gang Show 2022 – Update

It is with great excitement that we can announce that the Edinburgh Gang Show will return in 2022!

Gang Show is a large-scale show with a cast made up entirely of young people from South East Scotland Scouts and Girlguiding Edinburgh and supported by over 100 adult volunteers. In 2022 the Edinburgh Gang Show will be performed at the Festival Theatre because the King’s Theatre is closing for a major redevelopment later this year.

Being in Gang Show requires a significant commitment to rehearsals, the show week as well as regular 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. 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.

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

  • Sunday 3rd April – St Anne’s Parish Church, Kaimes Road

Junior Gang Auditions (Cub Scouts and Brownies)

  • Sunday 19th June – St Anne’s Parish Church, Kaimes Road

Details of the format and times of the auditions will be announced in the next newsletter and communicated on our social channels throughout February and March.

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Edinburgh Gang Show 2022Festival Theatre, EdinburghTue 1 to Sat 5 November 2022

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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 

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