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BUMS SHINE AT WESTON CREEK
Laughs behind scenes of bureaucracy
The Shiny Bums deliver another punchy public service parody show on Saturday.
Photo: Patrick Lindley
Canberra's own The Shiny Bums
Singers are bringing their wicked
public service parody to the stage, in
the name of charity.
The troupe, which beg
an writing political parody in the
late 90s, will direct all profits for their
newest show Rampant Bureaucracy to
Pegasus Riding for the Disabled ACT.
The matinee show lifts the curtain
on the working lives of those in the
Australian Public Service and
confirms a political song and dance
always tends to pull a crowd.
Kerry Kennedy, like many in the
troupe, has had a long career as a
But said he was proud to have
dedicated more than a decade to being
"I love the singing and the chance to
do some creative writing about all
that's good and bad in our working
life," Kennedy said.
Shrewd political puns are currency
of sorts in Canberra, but Kennedy said
the lively show appealed to crowds by
toying with the familiar stereotypes of
those behind scenes in government.
"There's everything,'' he said.
Tunes about the office fridge,
battles for the corner office, political
grandstanding, the officious advisers,
consultants, cover-ups and
Rampant Bureaucracy, 1.30pm
on Saturday at Weston Creek
Community Centre: 8 Parkinson
Street, Weston. Tickets $15,
including afternoon tea.
Book with Annette, 0412 101 543, or
Joan on 6281 4833.
ALBUM: BLUE PLANET EYES, ARTIST: THE PREATURES
Soulful grooves on mesmerising debut album
Intoxicating, pleasant, cool and hip.
There are many superlatives to explain
The Preatures' debut album which is
packed with much pop goodness and
saccharine treats. In a little over 34
minutes, the Sydney five-piece have
you believing in their super confident
powers: soulful grooves, singer
Isabella Manfredi's suave vocal
delivery and songs bristling with
energy and clout.
Is This How You Feel is still that
stand-out song Australia instantly fell
in love with but the Preatures'
understated charm and glorious
chemistry helps tracks such as
Somebody's Talking, Whatever You
Want and Rock and Roll Rave. Each
song is a soothing but invigorating
delight that falls on the intelligent side
of pop -- no mean feat for a talented
Aussie band who should be happy to
have this superbly produced album out
But what is so mesmerising about
this record is the ease by which these
hook-laden songs so easily grab your
attention and the natural rock swagger
belies a group with only one album
under their belt.
World domination awaits.
Andrew Eddey and Olivia Hewson
star in the Canberra Theatre's Where
in the world is Frank Sparrow?
Photo: Danny Osomanski/
A marvellous mix of beat poetry,
physical theatre and contemporary
movement will be showcased in Where
in the world is Frank Sparrow? the
finale production of the Canberra
Youth Theatre's 2014 season.
An ensemble cast of nine actors, 13
to 24 years old, has teamed up with
acclaimed director Tamzin Nugget for
the ACT premiere of award-winning
Australian playwright Angela
Frank Sparrow, played by Andrew
Eddey, is doing it tough in Stab City
when he becomes ensconced with Kira
Kelly -- gangland royalty.
Nugget said the play was far from a
traditional star-crossed love story.
Dynamic use of aerial silks,
contemporary movement and an
original soundtrack, with strong gothic
and supernatural themes keep the
audience on the edge of their seats.
"It is written in verse, very much
like slam poetry -- not quite rap but
very applicable for youth," she said. "I
asked everyone what they wanted to do
and we have done it."
Each actor was challenged to deliver
a striking premiere performance.
"It's gutsy work they are doing,"
Nugget said. "It's work that young
people of today are interested in and it
makes for exciting theatre."
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