After my post-show Q&A this time last year to Kids Play, I’m delighted to reunite with writer-director Glenn Chandler to talk about his latest award-winning Edinburgh Fringe transfer to Above the Stag, London’s home of LGBT theatre.
Inspired by extraordinary true events: The Good Scout is a story of espionage, Scout’s honour and forbidden love.
In the 1930s, Baden-Powell and Von Ribbentrop, Hitler’s ambassador, decreed that British Boy Scouts and Hitler Youth should learn from one another.
In Bassington, England, the local troop play host to a cycling party of Hitlerjugend – but are the German boys cyclists or “spyclists”? For Will and Jacob, two Rover Scouts on the cusp of manhood, it is a visit that will change their lives forever.
“This play…chooses not to dress itself up in simplistic notions of good and evil… In the guise of a Boy’s Own adventure, the piece is expertly layered, discussing friendship, espionage, fanaticism, homosexual persecution, and gay love in an era when it really was forbidden” – The Scotsman★★★★
The Good Scout had its sell-out previews at Above the Stag before premiering at The Space at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, where it won the ScotsGay Magazine award for Best New Writing.