Rehearsals are complete and the cast are ready for this year’s Show which marks the 80th Anniversary of the rich and now worldwide Gang Show history which started in 1932 with Ralph Reader. This year’s Ipswich show also marks the 40th Anniversary of the Ipswich Gang Show being awarded the coveted ‘Red Scarf’ which is only awarded to Gang Shows that meet the high standards of Gang Show tradition.
Sadly this year will be the first year without the Gang’s adopted and much loved ‘Uncle Roy’, Roy Goody who passed away late last year. His dedication to the Show and scouting will be honoured by the cast in a tribute number.
As always the show comprises of nearly 100 Scouts, Guides and Cubs, the leaders who lead them, as well as a behind the scenes crew making scenery, sewing costumes and making coffees, with ages from eight to 80, so many are involved . The ‘Mini’ gang, a selection of 18 Cub Scouts aged from eight also do their bit by treating us to their own mini show of slapstick comedy and songs.
This year’s show contains many well know songs from both the current and past times, as well as the traditional Gang Show songs which sets a Gang Show apart from other variety shows. A few of the sketches, written by the shows own cast members will ensure that you leave with a smile on your face. Other numbers include a selection of Barry Manilow songs, a traditional ‘MÇori Haka’ and a trip down to Dixie land.
The Show takes place at the Great School Theatre, Ivry Street, Ipswich from Wednesday 11th until Saturday 14th with performances at 7.15pm. Tickets are available either via calling the box office on 01473 657082, visiting Craftability, St Lawrence Street in Ipswich town centre or going online at www.ipswichgangshow.org.uk.