The Gang Show

Date 14th February 2020
Society Basingstoke Gangshow
Venue Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke
Type of Production Concert
Musical Director James Pryce and Henry Whitby
Producer Kirsty Thomas

Report

Author: Chris Horton

THE GANG SHOW 2020 (BASINGSTOKE GANGSHOW)  was performed by a company of 74 children and young adults from the Scout and Guide Associations from Basingstoke East, Basingstoke West and Silchester. It was a show full of vision, toe tapping songs, imaginative use of multi-media, music from a live band, short comedy sketches and monologues and gave the youngsters a chance to shine.  This was a variety show for the twenty first century.

There was a variety of scenes and back projection was used. These were of the highest quality. Some sets were made up using basic properties enabling quick changes to keep the action moving and the props, when necessary, were well used by the cast.    

The fabulous costumes were first class, colourful and in keeping with the various sections of the show.  The gorgeous costumes used to Jai Ho and for “Africa” deserve a special mention. Uniforms were used for the traditional Ging Gang Goolie piece.    

The lighting was well controlled and effective.  The cast sounded terrific from start to finish. 

The Gang Show was an ambitious venture to undertake but the production team and cast rose to the challenge with aplomb. This was a great show with a lot of strong individual performances as well as a huge sense of teamwork, friendship and camaraderie.  There were well polished routines performed with confidence and passion.  The beauty of the evening was that there was something to suit everyone.  It began with a rousing song, on film, about the Government banning musical entertainment with the cast shown moving around Basingstoke.  The second half continued the mix of big theatrical numbers, a behind the scenes look at the show and traditional campfire songs.  This was an evening when the audience went home captivated and enriched by the talented youngsters in the local community.