PRINCIPALLY, the genre is a musical revue, and that is basically song and dance in separate sections.
There’s no sort of general theme to it but it is linked together, we look for production links in the way the show flows.
There’s a bit of comedy in there, a bit of bathos, something for everyone.
We have something for the youngsters as well because we have the juniors doing their items as well. It’s a complete variety.
The age range, if you include myself, is from eight to 65-years-old.
It is a Scouting and Guiding event and that’s what makes the show.
Initially, it was made as an all-Scout show way back.
And the actual skills of the young people, their whole demeanour their confidence grows.
They have a tremendous amount of fun doing it.
It’s a fun thing – that’s what they do it for but it is hard work.
It is a case of rehearse and rehearse until it’s right.
They’re always up for it and keep going, very few drop out.
It does have an effect on the rest of their lives.
One of the previous gang members is now the technical stage manager of the Albert Hall.
If they want to go in that direction it helps, but it’s mainly to do with confidence building and the sheer fun of doing it.
The friendships are indeed long lasting.
I had an email the other day from a chap who was in the show in 1984 and is going to see it this year and bring his daughter.
We have now got a whole group of people who have got their own children in the show since it’s been going that long.