From early days as a concert to a spectacular show with 90 cast. Gang Show is based on the original concept by Ralph Reader who started the London Gang Show in 1932. In his own time, Ralph become a legend of the theatre producer of 19 shows on New York's Broadway, 34 in London's West End, and over 50 shows in London's famous Royal Albert Hall. Ralph also wrote 15 books and plays, played in 5 films and composed over 400 songs. Gang Shows and Scout Shows are staged around Australia and in many parts of the world and are an inspirational source for Hornsby Gang Show. 2021 will mark 48 years since our first show and our 45th performance!
HORNSBY TROOP CONCERT
The Hornsby Gang Show was born as humble first Hornsby Troop Concert in 1973 and was due to run only one night. The proceeds were to be used to send the troop to the 10th Australian Jamboree in Adelaide. The response was so good that another night had to be added and packed houses were recorded on both nights.
After the first show, everyone was talking about the hidden talent and it was agreed that this type of training activity should become a regular part of Scouting in Hornsby. The responsibility for the organisation and control was given to the Hornsby District. In 1974 we performed (again to packed houses) at Loreto Covent Hall at Normanhurst as "Showtime 74? with a larger cast which included Girl Guides. The early shows were financially backed by David Smith and guaranteed by members of Scouting in Hornsby" Jack Goyen, Arthur Ball & Bob MacDonald whose confidence in this training medium has been realised
1975 & 1976
NORTH SIDE GANG SHOW
In 1975 and 1976 as North Side Gang Show we performed at the Greenhalgh Theatre in the then College of Advanced Education at Lindfield. After a two year break, performances from 1979 to 1981 were held at the Pennant Hills Community Centre.
HORNSBY GANG SHOW
In 1983 we moved to Asquith Boys High School and in 1987 we became Hornsby Gang Show. A Hornsby Gang Show has been performed every year since with the exception of breaks in 1977,1978 and 1982
2015 to Present Day
HORNSBY GANG SHOW
In 2015 was a huge year, we moved into our new theatre at Barker College from Asquith Boys High School, sold more tickets than we have in living memory and performed to our biggest single audience (over 600 people at one show)
2020 will mark 47 years since our first show and our 44th performance!