Gang Show 2015 Pictured

November 19, 2015 | By | Reply More

Here’s the first half…

Bringing “more than its quota of fun” to the King’s stage, the Edinburgh Gang Show 2015 succeeded in that tricky task of keeping the traditions alive while providing something fresh and invigorating.

To add to Hugh Simpson’s excellent review (read it here: ✭✭✭✭✩ Fresh), we are happy to be able to publish a selection of images from the production. Many thanks to photographer Scott Parker and to Scottie Walker for organising them.

The Opening. Photo Scott Parker

The Opening. Photo Scott Parker Studio.

A big classic opener from the Gang. I was tempted to crop right in on the performers, but Scott Parker has included a sly little peek into the pit! As with all the images, click on them to see a bigger version.

The Opening (2) Photography by www.scottparkerstudio.com

The Opening (2). Photo: Scott Parker Studio.

And here the performers are in more detail. Love the differing looks of concentration on their faces!

Step Back in Time. Photo Scott Parker

Step Back in Time. Photo Scott Parker Studio

A bit of comedy for the second number, Step Back in Time, which allows the rest of the cast to change out of their Opener costumes.

Get Funky Photography by www.scottparkerstudio.com

Get Funky. Photo: Scott Parker Studio.

Into something a bit more suitable to Get Funky in!

Get Funky Photo Scott Parker

Get Funky. Photo: Scott Parker Studio.

The first big song and dance routine: a combination of Just the Way You Are with a spot of that Uptown Funk.

The Trip. Photo Scott Parker Studio

The Trip. Photo Scott Parker Studio.

Then it was off on The Trip – a comedy item set in Edinburgh Castle containing some effective local colour, “not least in the observation that lazy jokes about trams are well past their sell-by date”.

Over the Rainbow. Photography by Scott Parker Studio

Over the Rainbow. Photo: Scott Parker Studio.

Then on to some more song and dance in the Over the Rainbow sequence, with Rainbow Connection, Bein’ Green and Up the Stairs.

The Magic Kingdom Photo: Scott Parker Studio

The Magic Kingdom. Photo: Scott Parker Studio.

The Junior Gang get their own major spot during the first half, with The Magic Kingdom, featuring songs from Smile and Teen Beach Movie.

The Magic Kingdom 2. Photo: Scott Parker Studio

The Magic Kingdom (2). Photo: Scott Parker Studio.

And here are their soloists.

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The Dust of Life. Photo: Scott Parker Studio

The Dust of Life. Photos: Scott Parker Studio

Off to shake away The Dust of Life next. With Cameron Kilgore taking the solo on Bui Doi from Miss Saigon making what seems at first glance a strange song choice for the show perfectly natural. And some genuine talent from Megan Day, who took the solo and led the tap-dancing on Brotherhood of Man.

The Clog Stomp

The Clog Stomp Photo: Scott Parker Studio

The Clog Stomp. Photo: Scott Parker Studio.

Comedy routines have always been a big part of current director Andy Johnston’s Gang Shows. This year is no exception. Here’s a couple of images from The Clog Stomp.

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All The Way From Memphis (1). Photo: Scott Parker Studio.

And then it is off to visit the musical Memphis… Two songs from the comparatively unsung show closing the first act with a bang.

Memphis. Photo: Scott Parker Studio

All The Way From Memphis (2). Photo: Scott Parker Studio.

First the tremendous Helen Hunter with the musical’s opener: Underground – matched by Lucy Cowie’s astonishing power on its final number: Steal Your Rock N Roll.

Great stuff, which just left you gasping for more. As any first-half closing number certainly should. So why not go find a tub of icecream in the freezer – or refill that glass – and come back all fresh for some second half images.

Listing

Edinburgh Gang Show 2015
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ
Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 November 2015
Evenings 7:00pm; Matinee Sat 2:15pm
Tickets from http://www.edtheatres.com/gangshow

Images for Act Two are here: Gang Show 2015 Act 2 in pics

Hugh’s review of Gang Show 2015 is here: ✭✭✭✭✩ Fresh.

ENDS

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