Young England



  • A play intended as a stirring morality tale, which opened at the VictoriaPalace, London, in September 1934 and convulsed audiences with its unintentional comedy.Essentially a wholesome entertainment about young lovers beset by a variety ofvillains, the play featured a troop of Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, who foil theplans of a devious scoutmaster. The performances quickly degenerated into a riotof audience participation as theatregoers joined in with or supplemented thedialogue. The author, Walter Reynolds, an 83-year-old dramatist and proprietorof the Theatre Royal, Leeds, used to sit in a box glaring at the audienceas they joined in the Boy Scouts' Song or shouted lewd remarks atyounger female characters. It is estimated that 250,000people saw the play, before it finally closed in May 1935 after 278performances.
    Away we go to camp and all its pleasures,
    A merry mob, a merry mob!
    Boy Scouts' Song'