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Gang Show Programme Extract: 1989

The following text has been taken word-for-word from the 1989 Show programme. Although the text was relevant at the time, it may not be relevant (or current) now.

Gang Show Rules OK!

"Every night of every year, somewhere in the world a Gang Show is playing".

It was Ralph Reader who started it all in 1932 at the Scala Theatre, London. How could anyone have guessed at that time how Gang Shows would proliferate all over the world and continue to be a success story right up to 1989? The London Gang Show, written by Ralph Reader, which was the parent show, finished in 1974 and sadly Ralph Reader died in 1982.

However, Gang Shows have continued to go from strength to strength with new shows springing up to add to the well established shows.

There is in the UK a gang Show register of over 120 Gang Shows. Details of all these shows are circulated so that we know when and where they are being presented and how to acquire tickets. At the last Gang Show in 1987, representatives from various other Shows came to see us perform, including members of the Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Nottingham Gangs! It is common practice for this to happen and we are pleased to welcome all our visitors to the most northern Gang show on the register.

The emblem of Gang shows is of course the red scarf and this is worn proudly by all Gang Show members. In the Inverness Gang, a new member has to attend a minimum of ten full rehearsals before being eligible to wear the red neckie and this is formally presented by the Gang Skipper.

The spirit, enthusiasm and camaraderie of the Gang is there for all to see both from the auditorium and back stage.


Related Links

Programme Covers 1983-1993.
Programme Covers 1995-2005.
Programme Extract 1983.
Programme Extract 1985 (1).
Programme Extract 1985 (2).
Programme Extract 1987.
Programme Extract 1989.

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