About Thurrock Gang Show
We are a Scout and Guide Gang Show from Thurrock, Essex. We are made up of members from Thurrock Scout District, Thurrock West Guide Division and Thurrock East Guide Division and perform at the Thameside Theatre in Grays every year in March/April.
Thurrock Gang Show started in 1968 and has been the collaboration between the Scout and Guide Movements within Thurrock from early beginnings. The show moved to our current home at the Thameside Theatre in 1971 and even went on tour to Germany in response to an invitation from Thurrock’s twin town, Monchengladbach.
Gang Show History
Gang Show was written and produced for the first time by Ralph Reader in 1932 in London. Ralph produced the show to raise money for a swimming pool at a campsite. Thus began a tradition which is still going strong in many parts of the world today. Gang Shows are produced across the world, especially in the United Kingdom, Europe and parts of North America, Asia, New Zealand and Australia.
Famous performers have included Peter Sellers, Dick Emery, Tony Hancock, Harry Secombe and Max Bygraves. They all performed in Gang Shows early in their careers and they were instrumental in building the Gang Show tradition. After the Second World War, London Gang Show claimed the honour of being the first amateur show to give a Royal Command Performance.