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1990 –1999

The 1990s saw the Gang continue to perform with their usual exuberance and enthusiasm during show week, even though these were testing times due to external pressures.

The increasing theatre rent and the changing availability of the theatre in the early 90s meant extra resources, financial and human, were ploughed in to make these shows the success that they became. The Gang spirit was not easily broken though, and youngsters continued to come along and audition.

By now some ‘not so young’ faces continued to work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep the show alive – and in the King’s Theatre.

In 1995, some of the Gang were selected to perform for Her Majesty The Queen at the Royal Albert Hall in London, in a show called ‘In the Spotlight’. This was a very special occasion, and one that again cemented Edinburgh’s position as a leading Gang Show.

A major change came in 1997 with the introduction of a Junior Gang, comprising of Cub Scouts and Brownies. This welcome addition brought a new life to the show and helped act as a feeder into the Main Gang.

To celebrate the 40th Edinburgh Gang Show in 1999, an exhibition of memorabilia, costumes and scenery was staged at the Museum of Childhood. This was a very successful venture, with many people from all over the world visiting the exhibition and learning about this Scouting and Guiding game.

Director

  • Gordon Blackburn

Convenors & AAC (Gang Show)

  • Bob Moyes
  • Michael Walker
  • Ross Hadden

Musical Directors

  • Keith Milne
  • John Duncan

Dance Directors

  • Patricia Brown
  • Louise Williamson