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Abigail and the bushranger (1 act opera)

by Betty Beath and David Cox (1974, this version: 1992)

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Abigail and the bushranger : an opera for children in one act / Betty Beath & David Cox.

Library shelf no. 782.1088054/BEA 9 [Available for loan]

Abigail and the bushranger


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Abigail and the bushranger : a musical story for children's voices and piano accompaniment / Betty Beath & David Cox.

Version: This product features the Children's/Treble Choir version of this work

Library shelf no. 782.1088054/BEA 4 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Abigail and the Bushranger is set in the mid-nineteenth century. The heroine Abigail journey's 'to a distant town, on a long, long, road, up and down a mountain range, through country wild and strange, a journey dangerous and far...' She meets Flash Fred, a fierce bushranger, feared by young and old alike, but he has met his match the day he held up the Narrabri mailcoach and encountered the formidable Abigail.

The piece may be staged with simple costumes, set and props as indicated in the illustrations by David Cox.

This work also exists as an illustrated childrens' book Bossyboots written and illustrated by David Cox and published by The Bodley Head, Sydney, London, Auckland and by Crown, USA. It has subsequently received awards in both Australia and the USA.

Work Details

Year: 1974, this version: 1992

Instrumentation: Originally devised for Children's voices, piano and percussion. The cast: a narrator, Abigail, a coach driver, a lady and two gentlemen (fellow passengers), Frederick the bushranger. A chorus is required also.

Duration: 30 min.

Difficulty: Medium — No particular difficulties

Commission note: Commissioned by Three's Company Opera.

Performances of this work

17 Oct 74: featuring Betty Beath, Betty Beath.

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