On the evening of 30 October 1932, a Boy Scout Revue called "The Gang's All Here" began a three night run at London's Scala Theatre. The Show – the first ever London Gang Show – was an immediate success.
The show was written and produced by Ralph Reader. Ralph was born in Somerset but brought up in Sussex where he was a member of the local Scout Troop. Having become involved in the professional theatre, performing, writing, dancing and choreographing he went on to put these skills to use in Scouting. The London Gang Show ran annually (with the exception of the War Years) until Ralph decided to retire in 1974. During this time he wrote over three hundred sketches and around four hundred songs – the most celebrated of these being “Crest of a Wave”. On his retirement Ralph generously donated his vast collection of material for use by Scouts around the world.