On a Saturday night in 1978, at Birkdale School of Arts, the Birkdale Scouts performed items at a Mother and Son night. The night was highly successful and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Two mothers at the dinner - Barbara Geary and Joyce McGahey, who were Guide Leaders at Wellington Point, enjoyed it so much that they suggested that the Scouts and Guides of the Redlands should join together to put on a show similar to Gang Show.
Steve Kay took up the suggestion and in December 1978, 40 Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Leaders from Alexandra Hills, Birkdale and Cleveland Scout Groups joined with 30 Brownies, Guides, Ranger Guides and Leaders from Wellington Point, Cleveland, and Victoria Point Guide Districts to present three shows at the RSL Hall in Cleveland and so Redlands Revue was created.
Since this first show there have been a number of production directors. In the seventh year Ian Johnson was handed the job. When Ian was transferred to Townsville the reins were taken up by Jenni Hughes. Robert Mclachlan followed and he finished in the 21st year 1999. In 2000 Peter Francis took on the role and was the production director in 2002 when the show performed annually for the last time. Penny Harrison produced the show in 2004 and in 2006 Tracey Lee followed in her sister Jenni's footsteps and produced the shows in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. In 2014 Joanne Turnbull took up the production director role.
While there was no show in 2007 Redlands Revue combined with the other Scout shows and Brisbane Gang Show to perform in a combined show at the Piazza Southbank to celebrate the 100 years of Scouting.
Redlands Revue has had many homes and from 1979 the show was performed in September, first at the Ney Road Uniting church, then at the Cleveland Community Hall and then at the Redlands Entertainment Centre. In 1999 the show performed at both the Iona College Performing Arts Centre and Lingo Lin Performing Arts Complex at Ormiston College. The show then continued to perform at Iona before moving to Victoria Point High School theatre. In 2012 the show was held at Wynnum High School Star Theatre and has been held there since. In 2020 we opted for a filmed production rather then a live show, some of which can be seen on YouTube. In 2022 we will be performing at Moreton Bay College.
Throughout the 33 seasons of Redlands Revue over the last 40 years many volunteers have put in countless hours to ensure the Scouts and Guides of the Redlands continue to have this wonderful opportunity. We can be sure that there will be many more years ahead.