Kick The Squirrel

The Kick The Squirrel Roadshow ("KTS") was a LURG offshoot, which began in 1979. It was instigated by then president Mike Day and CAG coordinator Tony Cooke. To quote from a group history written in 1986:

"The idea was to give local campus societies, bands and individual performers the opportunity to perform anywhere, anytime, for anyone. It was started by Revue Group along with Community Action Group; the idea was also to give people as much experience as possible with every conceivable type of audience. So for the next five summers KTS toured the north west, visiting kids' homes, pubs, clubs, streets and anywhere else that would have us. The highlight was probably the Illawalla Country Club in 1983, where we were paid to go off. KTS meant that we could only concentrate on one show a year.

It's no coincidence that LURG's Edinburgh visits stopped for the entire duration of KTS, restarting the year after its final performances.

The Beginning

Scan article from May 1979, by Mike and Tony, describing the original KTS objectives.

The First Performance

Scan report on the first KTS performance, at Beaumont College, 20/June/1979.
Photos from Beaumont show.


A list of performances during 1979-1985, along with personnel, compiled by Tim Stevens.

1980 Newsletters

Performance Dates and Rehearsal schedules.

1981 KTS v RAG

From Scan 17/Feb/1981 ...

1982 Tour

The North West tour of 1982. The tour bus and Vince's mileage log.

Back row: Vince Jones, Dave Mason, Mark Goodman
Front row: Mike Day, Tony Cooke, Simon Martin, Nichola Baker, Mike Savage


Introductory letter
A newsletter and ad for the infamous Illawalla Country Club gig
(KTS were paid to go off !)
And a recollection of the gig from Tim Stevens :

"One sketch (no idea which) featured Charanjit sitting on one of two chairs on stage, presumably awaiting another cast member to occupy it, but instead a drunk from the audience took a fancy to her, and lurched on stage attempting to sit on the empty seat next to her. All credit to the girl, she whipped the chair away just in time for him to collapse in a heap on the floor!"


Summer tour itinerary 1984.


Summer tour itinerary 1985.

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