About Us

The 130th Glasgow Company, The Boys' Brigade is a youth organisation based in Broomhill in the west end of Glasgow, Scotland. Our three age sections all meet on Friday nights during school term time and membership is open to boys between the ages of 5 and 18. Each section runs a packed but varied programme of activities and events that is not only energetic but challenging and enjoyable.

History of Company shows

 

1992’s “A Space Oddity” had aliens landing in Glasgow where they encountered Rab C. Nesbitt, Taggart, The Broons, Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs and even members of the Royal Family. As in War Of The Worlds, the aliens were defeated by a simple earthly substance – this time it was Irn-Bru – and the show raised money for the Motor Neurone Trust.

In 1994, “Hi Noon!” was re-worked and extended as “Dunces With Wolves” (with cabaret from ‘Tammy Wynette’, a rambling Country & Western singer and ‘Elvis’) and, in 1996, “A Fistful of Splonders” was re-worked as “Sherwood Shenanigans”. Robin & Marion duetted in “Something Stupid” and the merry men performed as Take That. The Town Crier narrated and read out topical news items.

What was to be the last show was 1998’s re-working of “Roman In The Gloamin’” as “Chariots For Hire”. Julius Caesar was duly murdered but Sherlock Holmes was somehow brought in to solve the crime. The interval had an audience-participation game of “Play Your Cards Right”.

The shows were performed in mid-March and weekly rehearsals began immediately after the Christmas holidays – the script having been written in the autumn. At first, the scripts were co-written by all the Staff but, from “A Fistful of Splonders” onwards, only two or three people were involved. From 1990, everything was written by Gordon Cubie helped by John Hamilton, who used to be on the Staff. There were echoes of ‘The Goon Show’, ‘Monty Python’, ‘Round The Horne’, the ‘Carry On’ films, Morecambe & Wise, Chic Murray and Glasgow music hall humour interspersed with our own awful puns and parodies. 
 
The church hall was always full and the ticket money gave us a budget for props and accessories etc with a healthy amount being able to be given to our chosen charities.

Latterly, every Boy in the Company was involved and appeared on stage. Obviously, the older or more talented ones got the main parts and singing roles but every Boy gained great experience from performing in public. The Staff manfully directed, worked the sound and lights, painted scenery and stage-managed. Jokes from the shows (some of which the younger Boys did not even understand) became Company catch-phrases and are still remembered fondly by those who took part. 

Cystic Fibrosis, TEAR Fund, the Blind Society, the Motor Neurone Trust, Scottish Cot Death Trust, Scottish Deaf Children and the Association for Restricted Growth in Children have all been supported through these events and representatives from these charities were sometimes able to attend the show to see our efforts and to be presented with a cheque at the end of the evening.

Gordon Cubie
March 2009

 

 

 

The Object of The Boys' Brigade

The Advancement of Christ's Kingdom among Boys and the promotion of habits of Obedience, Reverence, Discipline, Self-Respect and all that tends towards a true Christian Manliness.

Contact Us

130th Glasgow Company, The Boys' Brigade

Broomhill Hyndland Parish Church of Scotland

64-66 Randolph Road

Glasgow G11 7JL

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