Gang Show is a theatrical production put on by Scouts. A Gang Show is typically around two hours long with a series of items involving singing, dancing, and acting and using a revue format. Cast sizes range from 50 to around 100 (depending on the Show) and involve youth and adults.
Gang Show originated in London in 1932 when Ralph Reader, a theatrical producer, director and choreographer (and Scouter), staged a Scout Revue called “The Gang’s All Here” to raise money for a swimming pool at a scout camp. The Show was such a hit that he did it the next year, and the catch phrase "Gang Show" stuck. Before long, Gang Shows had spread all over the world.
Gang Show came to New Zealand in the 1950s and have been performed regularly throughout the country every since. These days there are seven Shows performing on a two yearly cycle:
- North Shore (even years)
- Auckland Central (odd years)
- Waikato (even years)
- Manawatu (odd years)
- Hutt Valley (even years)
- Christchurch (odd years)
- Otago (odd years)
The Show dates are:
- All the Shows for 2012 have now completed their seasons. Thanks for your support!
- Manawatu Gang Show: 3 - 6 July, Regent Theatre, Palmerston North;
See www.manawatugangshow.org for ticket details.
- Otago Gang Show: 16 - 20 July, Westpac Mayfair Theatre, 100 King Edward St, South Dunedin; See www.otagogangshow.com for ticket details.
- Auckland Central Gang Show: 28 August – 7 September, Centennial Theatre,
Auckland Grammar School, Mountain Road, Epsom, Auckland;
See www.gangshow.co.nz for ticket details.
- North Shore Gang Show: 28 August - 6 September, Pump House, Killarney Street, Takapuna, Auckland.
See www.gangshow.org.nz for ticket details
- Waikato Gang Show: September, Riverlea Theatre, Riverlea Road, Hillcrest, Hamilton.
See www.waikatogangshow.com for ticket details
- Hutt Valley Gang Show: 20 - 27 September, Lower Hutt Little Theatre, Lower Hutt Wellington
See www.hvgs.org.nz for ticket details.
For more information about each Show visit the following websites: