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Edinburgh Gang Show 2022

Venue: Festival Theatre
Dates: Tue 1 to Sat 5 November
Times: Evenings 7pm, Saturday Matinee 2pm
Price: Tickets from £14 with Group discounts available

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Edinburgh Gang Show website https://www.edinburghgangshow.co.uk/

It’s back! Over 250 young people from South East Scotland Scouts and Girlguiding Edinburgh are ready to entertain you with show-stopping musical items, incredible ensemble choreography and stunning individual performances. Gang Show is back on the crest of a wave once again – be part of the adventure!

Box Office opens Thursday 4 August

If you have never been to the Edinburgh Gang Show before then give it a go! If it has been some years since you attended a performance then give it a go again! We guarantee there will be something in the show that will make you smile! And, perhaps, we could all do with some more smiles just now. 😊

Cub Scouts and Brownies – Last chance to get involved!

We’re looking for more Cub Scouts and Brownies to get involved in the Edinburgh Gang Show 2022!

An additional audition will be held on Sunday 21 August at St Columba’s Blackhall. This is the last opportunity to sign up before rehearsals start on Sunday 28 August.

  • Cub Scouts from South East Scotland Scouts – 1.45pm to 3pm.
  • Brownies from Girlguiding Edinburgh – 2.45pm to 4pm (Note – there is no Division breakdown for this audition).
  • Cub Scouts and Brownies must be 8 years old by Monday 31st October 2022.
  • Cubs will perform all six performances. Brownies will appear in three performances and they will be advised which performances they will appear in.
  • There is no need to prepare anything as music and movement will be taught on the day.
  • Please download the relevant forms, complete and bring on the day.
  • There is no requirement but uniform may be worn if wished.

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More about the Edinburgh Gang Show

In November 2022, we see the return of the Edinburgh Gang Show! A different theatre – same Gang Show energy! Edinburgh Gang Show 2022 will be staged at the Festival Theatre because the King’s Theatre will close for a major redevelopment in 2022. This will only be the second time in our history that the Gang Show will be performed in a different theatre but it will provide a great opportunity for our cast and crew to experience the thrill of staging an even bigger and better show to even more audiences!


The Edinburgh Gang Show is a large-scale variety show with a long, fascinating history and an exciting futureThe cast is made up entirely of young people from South East Scotland Scouts and Girlguiding Edinburgh and is supported by over 100 adult volunteers. It is a fabulous experience participating in a show with very high standards in a professional working theatre and involvement offers the opportunity to make new friends, work towards various awards and gain life skills whilst having fun! 

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 Scouts section, share on social media and encourage as many young people to try out for the show. 

On 14th November 1960 the first Edinburgh Gang Show was performed at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh. For sixty years young people from Scouting and Girlguiding in Scotland’s capital have entertained thousands of people with the annual show in November. Today this Edinburgh institution continues to give young people the opportunity to perform in one of the city’s much-loved theatres and through their participation our young people gain skills for life. Gang Show is a major part of the Scouting and Girlguiding programme and with the enthusiasm, commitment and ongoing support of Gang Show followers it will remain so for many years to come. We have got a lot to be thankful for!

Got a question? Please contact the Regional Adviser (Gang Show) Alan Hunter – gangshow@sesscouts.org.uk

Edinburgh Gang Show website https://www.edinburghgangshow.co.uk/

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On Saturday 9 July, Ruben, Jess, Matthew and Honor represented Edinburgh Gang Show in Gang Show 90 at the iconic Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London.

This special one-off show celebrated 90 years since the first Gang Show was performed in London and starred over 160 young people from 39 Gang Shows from all over the UK.

The show was rehearsed using online resources before coming together for regional rehearsals around the country as well as two weekends at a campsite in Warwickshire culminating in the show weekend in London.

On the day of the show the Stage Crew and Costume Team began their get in at the theatre at 7am to build and prepare the show, the orchestra started their Band Call at 10am with the Front of House team assembling the various displays around them in the foyer. At 12pm the Gang arrived at the Apollo for the technical and dress rehearsal. Notwithstanding all the challenges of putting such a large show together in a short period, Scott Walker as Front of House Manager, gave the cue to open the theatre doors at 6pm to welcome an audience of 2,000 excited family members, Scout and Guide Groups, Gang Shows, VIPs and the general public. One hour later the show was well and truly underway!

It’s true when they say “There’s no show like a Gang Show!” as the cheers in the auditorium for when the curtain went up was enough to get the show off to a fantastic start. The show featured an opening number that conveyed to the audience that the Gang were about to perform ‘The Greatest Show’ and that they were all ‘So excited!’ With a couple of sketches, contemporary dance routines and a medley of London-themed songs the first act finale featured a popular song from each decade since 1932. The curtain came down on Act 1 with a rousing rendition of ‘Anyone for You’ by George Ezra. This song was chosen by the Gang as part of youth involvement in all areas of the show.

Act 2 opened with a celebration of the man who started it, Ralph Reader CBE. This upbeat item, in traditional red and white costumes, featured some of Ralph’s best-known songs and it was a real highlight of the night when the young people onstage were joined by original members of the London Gang Show to sing ‘Strolling’ and ‘Friends’. The evening progressed with more comedy, music and dance but sadly all good things come to an end. Gang Shows around the world were invited to contribute a short video and join in with a short film called ‘Got So Far To Go’. Edinburgh filmed our contribution at a very special place (more on that later!) and just at the right moment the screen flew out to reveal the whole Gang on stage, in uniform, ready to raise the roof for ‘The Finale’.

Ruben, Jess, Matthew and Honor had an amazing experience performing in a major London theatre, with new friends making memories that will last a lifetime. They are currently working on a full report of their involvement in Gang Show 90 and this will appear in the souvenir programme of the Edinburgh Gang Show 2022.

Check out this review of Gang Show 90 by Big Man in The Woods

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.


**Scout Network**


🎭 Interview backstage members for a newsletter/website article for a written article or short film.

🎭 Become a ‘Gang Show Champion’ and actively promote the show throughout November.

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 and for South East Scotland Scouts.

Skills for life: We know Scouting 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 Powel

Meet Scott Walker, Gang Show Marketing Manager