Gang Show is 80 years old

The Ipswich Gang Show is back this week and celebrating it’s 80th Anniversary…. it might have been going for 80 years but it’s certainly no dinosaur.

The original Gang Show format was developed by Ralph Reader and gradually taken up by Scout Groups around the country. The Ipswich version started in 1938 and these days is not just restricted to Scouts but features the whole of the scout and guiding community, including the leaders as well.

Ipswich Gang Show Producer is once again, Keith Smith (himself a former Gang Show performer) who along with help from a dedicated team has assembled and devised another cracking show.

You have to remember that while everyone involved takes the annual foray onto the stage, that the performers are not members of a drama or theatrical group, and that this is just something else that the organisation does throughout it’s year of other activities.

But when they take to the stage it’s with great enthusiasm and this year’s performance is something to sing and dance about…. something they do as well as take part in comedy skits.

I’ve been going to the Gang Show for several years now and it never ceases to amaze me the unique and imaginative ideas that the Ipswich Gang Show comes up with.

Stand out pieces this year include a very very effective dance routine in the first half which is very illuminating, the Cat and Dog Diary (if you’re a dog, cat or both owner this will particularly strike a chord), Jai Ho is very catchy and amusing with a Gang Show twist and Hallelujah by the Monks was extremely clever and brilliantly performed. These are just a few of my favourite pieces, but there are many many more.

A great show again…. Ipswich Gang Show you have done your organisation proud!

• The Gang Show is at Great School Theatre, Ipswich School, Ivry Street, Ipswich. 11th-14th Apri, 7.15pm nightly and a 2.15pm matinee on Saturday. Tickets are available for £9.50 (cons. for senior citizens and under 16s), by calling 01473 561004,
and Craftability, St Lawrence Street, Ipswich.

Review: Mark Keable, Ipswich24
Photos: Zoe Strike – Ipswich Gang Show

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