Gang Show pictured – Act 1

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Act 1 of Edinburgh Gang Show 2014 in pictures

This year’s Edinburgh Gang Show featured a total cast of 320 youngsters over the week-long run, with 170 Brownies in the mix in two casts of 85 to mark the centenary of the birth of the Brownies.

Over the last dozen years the Edinburgh Gang Show has worked its way up the Edinburgh theatre diary to the point where it has become an essential part of the theatre year – heralding the onset of the Christmas season.

All Edinburgh Theatre is very proud to present a selection of pictures from this year’s show – the review is here – and extends many thanks to both the photographer Glenda Robertson for allowing us to reproduce them and to Scott Walker for organising them.

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The Awesome Opening. Photo: Glenda Robertson

The Awesome Opening. Photo: Glenda Robertson

This year’s Act 1 opener took the Lego Movie’s Everything is Awesome and mashed it up with Teenage Kicks by the Undertones and Blondie’s One Way Or Another. It has become traditional to open the show in plain red and white costumes – a colour scheme which fitted perfectly with the simplicity of Louise Williamson’s choreography. Simple – but hugely effective when you have a huge cast in perfect time.

Imagination. Photo: Glenda Robertson

Imagination. Photo: Glenda Robertson

Next up was the comic song Imagination. Another tradition here, with three sets of competing sports fans singing about being united in their love for their sport – an easy device to bring up the various trials and tribulations of Hearts and Hibs. With a few nods also to the egg-chasers of the Scotland and England rugby teams and the football teams of Brazil and England, whose world cup performances left something to be desired.

In the Mirror. Photo: Glenda Robertson

The I Want You Back sequence of the In the Mirror medley. Photo: Glenda Robertson

Michael Jackson is always good for a few songs and the In The Mirror medley gave the younger members of the main gang a chance to let rip with the Jackson 5 number:  I Want You Back.

McAuthors. Photo: Glenda Robertson

McAuthors. Photo: Glenda Robertson

There’s plenty of comedy to be had at the expense of Scottish authors. And Andy Johnston went to town with the McAuthors sketch featuring Ian Rankin, JM Barrie, Aileen Patterson, Walter Scott – sorry, Sir Walter Scott – RLS, Irvine Welsh and Robert Burns. Not to mention JK Rowling!

The Ballet sequence in Snow Tales. Photo: Glenda Robertson

The ballet sequence in Snow Tales. Photo: Glenda Robertson

The Snow Tales sequence provided plenty of visuel excitement. From some soaring ballet sequences to Walking on the Air

Reindeers Rock! Snow Tales 2. Photo: Glenda Robertson

Reindeers Rock! Snow Tales. Photo: Glenda Robertson

To a Reindeer Rock sequence which found the Cub contingent in full sleigh-pulling mode…

Let it Go in Snow Tales. Photo Glenda Robertson

Let it Go in Snow Tales. Photo Glenda Robertson

To finish with the hotly anticipated version of Let It Go from Frozen, which Lucy Cowie delivered with a fine regard for its music rather than the rousing chorus – or even the YouTube pastiches.

Falling Slowly in New York Stories. Photo: Glenda Robertson

Falling Slowly in New York Stories. Photo: Glenda Robertson

More great music in the New York Stories sequence. Here’s Michael Barker and Joanna Lamb duetting in Falling Slowly from hit musical Once.

Girl Party! Cast 1. Pic 1. Photo: Glenda Robertson

Girl Party! Cast One. Photo: Glenda Robertson

And so to the massed ranks of Brownies in their big number: Girl Party! Here’s a selection of images of Cast One. Glenda Robertson’s pictures really capture the sheer joy which was spilling off the stage in this number.

Girl Party! Cast One. Photo Glenda Robertson

Girl Party! Cast One. Photo Glenda Robertson

Girl Party! Cast One. Photo Glenda Robertson

Girl Party! Cast One. Photo Glenda Robertson

Girl Party 3 Photo Glenda Robertson

Girl Party! Cast One. Photo Glenda Robertson

Girl Party! Cast One. Photo Glenda Robertson

Girl Party! Cast One. Photo Glenda Robertson

Audition. Photo: Glenda Robertson

The Agency. Photo: Glenda Robertson

There’s plenty of laughs to be had at the expense of pushy parents who want their children to be on the stage in The Agency – another comedy sketch by Andy Johnston.

And finally for the Act One closer we give you…

The Clowns in Carousel. Photo: Glenda Robertson

The Clowns in Carousel. Photo: Glenda Robertson

A big song and dance number in Carousel, featuring clowns and a medley of songs from Barnum.

Carousel. Photo: Glenda Robertson

Carousel. Photo: Glenda Robertson

And that’s all for now folks!

Tomorrow we hope to put up a selection of pictures from Act Two – along with images of the Brownie Cast Two.

If you like the pictures, then you might want to look at Glenda Robertson’s web page: http://www.glendarobertsonphotography.co.uk/

And there are still (a few) tickets left for Saturday’s two shows.

King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ
Tuesday 18 – Saturday 22 November 2014
Evenings 7pm; Matinee Sat 2:15pm
Tickets from http://www.edtheatres.com/gangshow

ENDS

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