Edinburgh Gang Show 2023 

After an amazing return last year, the Edinburgh Gang Show is well and truly back and ready for another brilliant week of making memories and bringing joy to Edinburgh. 

Rehearsals have recommenced and already the Gang are sounding amazing. Over the newt few weeks they will learn all the dances and sketches and bring it all together for the usual spectacular show. 

We encourage all members of the South East Scotland Scouts and Girlguiding Edinburgh to come along and enjoy a night at the theatre and support the cast of Cub Scouts, Brownies, Explorer Scouts and Rangers. 

Over 250 young people will light up the Festival Theatre with energetic, hilarious and moving performances! An eclectic programme of show-stopping musical items, comedy, drama and dance awaits you. Be part of our incredible adventure on the crest of a wave in 2023!  

Tickets are on sale – book early to get the best seats. You can reserve and pay later – ask the box office staff for details. 

Edinburgh Gang Show 2023 

Tue 14 to St 18 November 

Festival Theatre 

Edinburgh Gang Show 2023 (capitaltheatres.com) 

Tickets from £14 

Programme ideas based around a visit to the Gang Show 

If you are a section leader please consider a trip to the Festival Theatre in November. It may inspire young people in your section to get involved in next year’s show! Here are some ideas to include in your section programme relating to Gang Show. 

**Squirrels, Beaver Scouts, Rainbows, Cub Scouts & Brownies** 

  • Make Good Luck cards to send to cast members. 
  • Design a poster to advertise a show. 
  • Learn a song and perform it to others. 

**Cub Scouts, Brownies, Scouts & Guides** 

  • Find out about the history of the Edinburgh Gang Show and present a report or give a talk. 
  • Design a costume for an item in the show. 
  • Devise a comedy sketch and perform it to your Group. 
  • A famous Gang Show song is called ‘We’ve got a lot to be thankful for’. Discuss what you are thankful for in your life. 

**Scouts & Guides** 

  • Write a review of the show, giving it a star rating out of 5, and send it to the Gang Show Marketing Team. 
  • Research various styles of dancing then choose one and perform a routine. 
  • Construct a model theatre. 

**Explorer Scouts & Rangers** 

  • Using ideas and themes from the show ‘re-stage’ some items and present to an invited audience in December.
  • ‘Take over’ your Unit’s social media and create content about the Gang Show trip. 


Q: What’s the point of the Gang Show, it’s just a show? 

A – “It’s so much more…” 

Developing the skills to succeed: Whether it is singing, dancing, comedy or acting our members have amazing skills that they want to share in a show full of energy and show stopping moments. We are developing our young people in theatre and performance, technique as well as building confidence, resilience, leadership, independence and teamwork, that will stand our young people in good stead whatever their futures hold. 

Building connections: Bringing together people from differing backgrounds from across the Region, we’re creating connections & collaborations that we hope will last to build a strong future for our show. 

Skills for life: We know Gang Show actively engages and supports young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society. It gives young people the skills to achieve the remarkable, and opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of our rapidly changing world. We aim to have a positive impact on society with our members more physically active, leading healthier lifestyles and with the courage to try new things. We want to develop the skills to succeed regardless of academic ability and develop happy, resilient and confident people who are both responsible leaders and team players. We want our members to be active citizens in society who can develop strong friendships, with care, trust and respect for others from all background. 


Singing and acting are excellent for training in self-expression. Also, they mean good teamwork, everyone learning his part and doing it well, not for applause for himself, but for the success of the whole show” – Robert Baden Powell