Shiny Bum Singers - Musicals

The Shing Bum Sings have performed a number of musicals writen by Frankie Saymour, incorporating songs from their normal repertoire, sometimes modified a little to suit the context, plus the occasional new song. The scripts for these are in the boioks below.

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Seize the Day

A Public Service Opera

Shiny Bum Singers

The Shiny Bum Singers’ mock opera, Seize the Day, reports in song a single, horrendous 24 hour day in the life of a group of public servants in the fictitious Department of Everything Else. The crises range from the routine (inter alia, a Minister sacked; a dodgy promotion; an evacuation drill; an IT crash; a visit by the auditors), to the unthinkable (a Prime Ministerial decree prohibiting office romances and a forced Departmental relocation – to Crookwell).

Format: A5, 48pp, illus. ISBN 978 1 876668 34 1. Price: $5.00 (Australian dollars)

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A Four King Close Thing

A Not the Nativity Pantomime

Shiny Bum Singers

The Shiny Bum Singers have launched into pantomime, featuring Angel Gabrielle, Three Wise Kings, a devoted lesbian couple from modern day Canberra, a dingo and her pup, King Herod the Horrid and his Thug, Corporal Bruiser, in a time-travelling nativity drama. It can be counted on to murder some of your favourite Christmas carols.

Format: A5, 36pp, illus. ISBN 978 1 876668 29 7. Price: $5.00 (Australian dollars)

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Rampant Bureaucracy

A Public Service Musical Melodrama

Shiny Bum Singers

The Shiny Bum Singers’ second musical melodrama explores the relationship between public servants and their political masters. A range of sensitive areas are ruthlessly probed, including penny-pinching and cut-backs, politicisation and whistle blowing, the Freedom of Information Act, the power of political advisers, and not least, the vexing question of How Did the Octogenarian Cross the Road. This book contains the full text of the script and the words of the songs.

Format: A5, 32pp, illus. ISBN 978 1 876668 26 6. Price: $5.00 (Australian dollars)

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Rodgering Hammerstein

A Mangled Musical

Second Edition

Shiny Bum Singers

Plundering well-known musical works for good tunes is an ancient folk music practice. Here the Shiny Bum Singers have gone one further, arranging their versions of songs from a number of popular musicals into their own musical, providing a heart-wrenching saga of life in the public service, first performed at the National Folk Festival, 2011. This revised version, performed at the National Folk Festival in 2015, is updated to reflect the latest political leadership merry-go-round. The book contains the full text of the script and the words of the songs.

Format: A5, 36pp, illus. ISBN 978 1 876668 31 0. Price: $5.00 (Australian dollars)

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Shiny Bum Singers - Original Songbooks

The songs from the first six songbooks were all included on the Omnibum. But if you want any of these books they are still available. You can buy them here.

To find more information about these books, click on the image of the cover or on the book name link.

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The Tiny Shiny Bum Songbook, A5, 20pp. ISBN 1 876668 00 8. Price: $5.00 (Australian dollars)

sbs2cvr.jpg It's Been a Long Year, A5, 40pp. ISBN 1 876668 02 4. Price: $7.00 (Australian dollars)
bk3cvr.jpg They'll Go Ape at Our Procedures, A5, 36pp, ISBN 1 876668 03 2. Price: $7.00 (Australian Dollars)
bk4fcvr.jpg Have You Been Told Lately?, A5, 28pp, ISBN 1 876668 04 0. Price: $5.00 (Australian Dollars)
bk5fcvr.jpg Am I Not Busy Enough?, A5, 36pp, ISBN 1 876668 07 5. Price: $7.00 (Australian Dollars)
bk6fcvr.jpg If We Could Talk to the Bureaucrats, A5, 48pp, ISBN 978 1 876668 15 0. Price: $7.00 (Australian Dollars)
 
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Shiny Bum Singers Collection - All six of the above books for $30

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Silent Office, A5, 16pp. ISBN 1 876668 10 5. Price: $5.00 (Australian dollars) - a selection of Christmas carols drawn from the above six books.


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