The Good Scout

Theatre (drama, new writing)

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Inspired by true events. 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. As war looms, a heart-wrenching, darkly humorous drama about espionage, scout's honour and forbidden love unfolds. From writer/director of Kids Play ***** (Bobby Award winner,

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Sara Sparrow 108 days ago

A strong ensemble cast provided a moving and nuanced performance of what is an incredibly well written play. You feel empathy for the characters almost immediately and each one is rounded and given depth in a relatively brief time considering the plays' run time. It also had some unexpectedly light-hearted moments within it which helped to break the tension and further endear the characters to the audience. A fantastic watch.

Lindsay Seal 109 days ago

Outstanding performances in a captivating show
I booked in June then worried when I heard all the hype this week as another over-hyped piece was one of the biggest disappointments ever
Thoroughly rate this show [though sadly a friend with me didn't like it] as the rest of the audience seemed to also

Elissa Nicholson 118 days ago

Absolutely incredible show - best thing I've seen at the Fringe so far!
The whole performance was perfectly balanced and constantly provided it's audience with new elements of information, comedy, truth and even a little drama ;)
The actors were ALL outstanding and just amazingly talented. They not only portrayed the relationships between their characters very honestly, but also created a relationship with their audience and ensured they were always drawn into the piece.
Would 100% recommend seeing this show whilst you still can!

Alastair McInnes 119 days ago

Stellar performances all round bring a touching poignancy to this story of the separation between the reality of boys (for they were) from Germany and Britain who had far more in common than divided them but who were forced to create artificial divisions.

I cannot recommend this show highly enough - I'm still trying to process just what it meant. Get yourself a ticket and make up your own mind. You will thank yourself.

James Gordon 120 days ago

Highly recommended, finding a new angle on an overworked period. Polished and characterful delivery of a good script, interspersed with OTT cameos of historical figures delivered with all the required panache. Excellent and affecting performances all round.

The Good Scout is less taut than last year’s Kid’s Play and has more loose ends, perhaps intentionally so, but it’s more ambitious and touches on a host of ever-relevant big issues – acceptance of self and others for who we are (not just in terms of sexuality), war versus pacifism, corrupting ideologies, and the meaning of duty to friends, family, country, etc. Ultimately, perhaps, it’s about the true nature of leadership.

This could easily be expanded into a full-length play. There’s enough material in the brief epilogue addressed to the audience to constitute a second act, perhaps involving flashbacks to keep the two German characters on stage after they have gone home.

I’m sure tears have often been shed to the strains of ‘I vow to thee my country’. In this context, however, the platitudinous anthem is placed with masterful irony, the tears are shed in frustration at devastating losses necessarily entailed in what we know is about to happen. Our enemies are not those we expect them to be.

David Dobson 122 days ago

Very good play with highly impressive, strong performances from every cast member

James Cole 123 days ago

This was my favourite show at the Edinburgh fringe this year, so much so I saw it twice. The writer tells a compelling story of friendship, and how it can be made despite different backgrounds, as the boys interact with the shadows of war gathering and the expectations of their societies on their shoulders.

It also shows the fear that often comes with growing up LGBT, something Simon Stache portrays with a heartrending performance, made all the more impressive by his return to the stage moments later in one of my two favourite moments of comic relief in the play.

The LGBT characters are just there, there is nothing special about them, they just exist. Which as a gay man i find a perfect portrayal of life. I met every character type in this play growing up, and the cast portray them with such genuine feeling that the characters feel as true as the people I remember.

5 Stars - Go and watch this!

Mark Reynolds 126 days ago

Most interesting war-themed play I've ever seen. This provided an entirely new story on what is often an overdone time period and I genuinely wasn't expecting to be so closely following this narrative. This show was such a nice surprise and I'd encourage everyone interested in seeing good acting with a solid narrative to go and see this great show. The only things that could improve this peformance is a more cohesive ending which explains the full detail behind the espionage theme, as I left the venue still pondering this. Very good show with some very talented performers.

Tricia + Margaret 127 days ago

We are so sorry that we didn’t get to speak with you at the end of the play. Wow, an amazing performance based on true events. The threat of war, the reality of death and yet in the midst of it all, friendship, which seemed almost surreal. Trained conditioning vs boyhood fantasies. Brilliantly scripted and executed. We would be very interested to see your next production!

Simon Bentley 127 days ago

Oh my goodness! This show was a beautifully performed, deeply affecting depiction of relationships poisoned by the context of their time, yet threaded through with a glorious, if fragile, hope. The cast were uniformly excellent, honouring a finely-written and expertly directed play. Thank you to the gorgeous Simon - our favourite! - for his gracious and sensitive response to the appreciation of me and my friend!

M 127 days ago

Very good show, well written and acted. Well worth going to see.

Laura 130 days ago

Ed Fringe people get on @boteproductions and their show #TheGoodScout. Brilliantly written and directed, as well as the acting being absolutely outstanding from all cast members. I honestly can’t go on about this play enough. I’ll be back to see it again without a doubt

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 111 days ago

“In Germany youth has the power,” is the fearsome message delivered here under a flag of supposed friendship, with the Second World War breathing down the necks of the nation. ...

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The List (4/5 stars) 117 days ago

Taggart writer Glenn Chandler's fascinating tale about the Nazi Youth's visit to Britain before WWII...

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 119 days ago

The Good Scout treads an extraordinarily fine line as a play. Between camp and naturalism. Between history and fiction. Its depiction of a rendez-vous between two Hitler Youth members and two Ranger Scouts, though, manages to tread these lines with grace, managing to provide an engaging, heartbreaking piece of theatre.The...

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British Theatre (3/5 stars) 120 days ago

It’s a fascinating and relatively unknown slice of history, that the Boy Scout Association engaged in exchange visits with the Hitler Youth during the 1930s. These were dubbed ‘peace and friendship’ tours, the irony being that Hitler had banned the Boy Scout movement in Germany.

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UK Theatre Web (5/5 stars) 121 days ago

This gently disturbing play illuminates details of historic events in a thought-provoking gratifying way. Hard to believe that Hitler Youth visited Boy Scouts around the outbreak of the Second World War, but Baden-Powell himself sets it up.

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Bouquets and Brickbats (3/5 stars) 122 days ago

This is an interesting story that throws light on a little-known slice of British history.

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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 123 days ago

The Good Scout written and directed by Glenn Chandler is the latest of his work with Boys of the Empire Productions following last year’s highly successful Kids Play.This true story is based on an exchange visit from the Hitler Youth with a group of Rover Boy Scouts following a meeting...

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 124 days ago

Glenn Chandler’s latest Fringe offering explores the near-forgotten history of the 1938 visit of the Hitler Youth, which was organised by Baden-Powell’s scout movement. In The Good Scout, the visit creates an excited mood of curiosity in sleepy Cambridgeshire amongst diligent and eager scouts, Will Parrish and Jacob. As Will...

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Theatre Weekly (4/5 stars) 124 days ago

The Good Scout very cleverly knits together several themes to a compelling narrative. There’s a strong sense of doing the right thing for one’s country, no matter which country you happen to be from, it also looks at different attitudes to homosexuality and presents some important lessons that should have be learned from the past. Finally, it presents a fascinating, and often comedic study of this bizarre experiment in foreign relations, in the context of a country still reeling from one war and in fear of another.

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Edinburgh Guide (4/5 stars) 125 days ago

It is September 1938, and two boys from the Hitler Youth are billeted with Mrs Parrish as part of a Peace and Friendship tour organised by the Boy Scout movement. Welcomed by scouts Will Parrish and his friend Jacob, they are very keen to explore the English countryside. But why...

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ScotsGay (5/5 stars) 126 days ago

The Good Scout illuminates a very largely forgotten corner of our national history, and reveals itself to be relevant in a number of ways. Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scout movement, was very keen on Hitler in the 1930s. Exchange visits between the Hitler Youth and British Scouts took...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 127 days ago

The Good Scout is the curious splicing of second world war history with a gay coming-of-age story concerning the friendship and romantic feelings that form when a group of Hitler Youths come to the UK as guests of The Boy Scouts Association. We're told at the start of the play...

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