As the nights draw in, the Illuminations prepare to switch off and life feels a little bit glum Blackpool’s Scouts have the perfect antidote.
The 52nd annual Gang Show plays at the Globe Theatre, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, this week, offering a world of entertainment.
From Morris dancing to a Les Mis tribute and even seven teen drag queens, the show featuring hundreds of youngsters truly celebrates the team spirit of the world unique youth movement.
The 17 set show features song, dance and comedy, and occasional drama for the younger members not quite sure where to stand on stage, alluding to founder Baden Powell’s motto to ‘be prepared’.
It’s fair to say the seven lads dressed in drag to recreate Beyonce’s Single Ladies stole the show, their discomfort rousing rapturous applause, as opposed to the usual smiles of the audiences gradually reflected in the nervous youngsters up on stage.
The usual comedy sketch by the adults this year gave it’s own take on the Great British Bake Off and the nativity.
They “couldn’t find any wise men” for it apparently, but they make up for that with plenty of slapstick humour that tickles all the beavers, cubs and scouts in the audience.
The show is very much about the children, and it’s no mean feat getting up on such a stage to entertain hundreds who travel from all over the North West for the spectacle, but they live up to their motto: do your best.
Credit where it’s due to director Darrell Shuck, stepping into the big shoes left by the now retired Joan Swan who held her final swan song last year.
Darrell ensured every audience member, and every last performer was valued.
Gang Show is on at the Globe Theatre nightly, from 7.30pm until Saturday.