Review: Ipswich Gang Show 2012, Great School Theatre, Ivry Street, Ipswich, to April 14

The gang was all there and more than ready to entertain.

Some 100 Scouts, Guides, Explorers, Brownies and Rangers from 20-plus groups from the town and the surrounding area sang, danced and acted their hearts out.

Forty years ago the show was awarded the coveted Red Scarf, only given to those productions which meet the high standards established by Ralph Reader 80 years ago.

Last night’s show proved they still deserve it.

Everybody on stage was clearly having the time of their lives and that translated to the audience. Whether you’re part of the Scouting and Guiding world or not, you’re made to feel like part of the family.

There were numerous sketches and well-known songs from today and yesteryear, as well as the traditional Gang Show songs.

A touching tribute to Scouting and Gang Show stalwart Roy Goody, known affectionately to all as Uncle Roy, who died last October, brought a lump to the throat of performers and many in the audience.

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The 80s segment made me want to dig my old cassettes out and the Greek Drama routine in particular was very funny.

Here We Come, a tribute to the music of The Monkees, was a great way to close the first half leaving everybody wanting more.

Among the many highlights of the second were the foxy “ladies” strutting their stuff to Big Spender and I was still humming their version of Journey classic Don’t Stop Believin’, which closed the show, walking back to the office.

This show is definitely riding on the crest of a wave.

For the backstage story and video of the show’s stars in action see elsewhere on this page.

WAYNE SAVAGE

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