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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 8 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 3517..


Friday, 24 August 2012

Canberra Gang Show

MR COE (Ginninderra) (12.03 am): Tonight I acknowledge the organisers, production team and performers who took part in the 2012 Canberra Gang Show, which ran between 14 and 22 July. I and some of my colleagues attended the performance titled "Get Lost"at the Erindale Theatre. This year marks the 45th year of the performance in Canberra and featured a team of over 80 cast and 70 crew, who are predominately young people. They put together an amazing show, which has been an activity of the ACT Scout Association and the New South Wales-ACT Guides since 1966.

I understand that every night somewhere in the world a Gang Show is performed. The Gang Show concert started in London in 1932 and was intended as a fundraising event for the London Scout movement. I have read that Lord Baden-Powell, the father of scouting, was very impressed by the performance put on that very first year and realised what a valuable experience the performing arts could provide to young people. So the concept grew, along with scouting, across the world.

The Canberra Gang Show is made up of four sections, with several teams and management. The four teams include the production, technical, support and management teams. The management team is made up of the producer, Phil Oldfield; the assistant producer, Mark Slattery; the director, Evan Long; the technical director, Richard Surkus; the business director, Matt Mason; the finance manager, Greg Buffington; the marketing manager, Julie Long; the fundraising manager, Caroline Sund; the administration manager, Robyn Oldfield; the personnel manager, Doug Cawley; and the guide liaison, Tammy Hackett. I commend to the Assembly the 2012 Canberra Gang Show and all who were associated.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 12.04 am (Friday).


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