Goodbye My Friend

Goodbye My Friend

5 out of 5 based on 28 customer ratings
(28 customer reviews)

By Andrew Oxspring
End of year/leavers’ musical for KS2 (ages 7-11).
Running time approx: 80 minutes, though easily shortened

 

As four friends wait at the bus stop on their last ever day at primary school, they reminisce about people and events that have shaped their lives so far. Through hilarious yet poignant songs and sketches we discover what a truly unforgettable place school can be, and why it’s so difficult to say goodbye.

Sample Songs

Listen below to some of the songs from Goodbye My Friend.

Plot Summary & Characters by Scene

It is unlikely you will want to perform every scene and song, so below is a guide to help you choose those you want to include in your production. Continuity scenes have been written to introduce and link each main scene, though you may wish to personalise this aspect of the show with your own memories of the specific areas of school life covered.

All continuity scenes

Whilst waiting at the bus stop to catch the bus to school on their very last day of Year 6, four friends re-live the experiences that have made being at primary school such an adventure. Their conversation and memories provide the introduction to each of the main scenes in the play, and through these we come to understand the importance of, and their fondness for, the events and characters they are discussing.
Characters: Ben, Ali, Rachel and Emma

Scene 1 (associated song – Monday Morning Routine)

Enjoy the chaos that is a Monday morning in the classroom! With registration, lunch money to collect, mums wanting ‘a word’, lost shoes, late children and lots more, will our over-wrought teacher remember who’s supposed to be taking assembly?
Characters: Teacher, 12 Children, a Mum

Scene 2 (associated song – Hey TA!)

Discover just how indispensable our teaching assistants are, as a hapless teacher struggles to make a confused class understand some simple maths! In a hilarious bit of role reversal find out who really wears the trousers (or should that be rubber gloves) in the classroom!
Characters: Teacher, Teaching Assistant, 6 Children, 2 Infants

Scene 3 (associated song – PE Nightmare)

An outdoor PE session in the wind and rain, when dressed only in flimsy vests and shorts, is not something the children are relishing. How fantastic then, that their teacher is willing to show a bit of ‘solidarity’ and lead by example, joining them for a couple of laps of the field.
Characters: Teacher, 6 Children

Scene 4 (associated song – School Trip Boogie)

After the back seat scramble, the umpteenth head count, the complaints from a grumpy driver, travel sickness and countless verses of ‘The Wheels On The Bus’, will the class get to the zoo in time for the historic birth of a baby panda?
Characters: Teacher, 2 Adult Helpers, Bus Driver, 8 Children

Scene 5 (associated song – The SATs Blues)

Find out what goes through the minds of three very different children as they sit down to do a Maths SAT paper. From blind panic to the creative use of a mirror for cheating, it goes to prove that doing a test is anything but boring!
Characters: 3 Children

Scene 6 (associated song – New School Dinner)

What has been the real outcome of Jamie Oliver’s campaign for improved school dinners? Decide whether it really is a blessing, as these children choose from a Michelin-star menu, under the watchful eye of a front-of-house team who will not accept bad manners or sloppy dining habits!
Characters: 4 Cooks, 5 Dinner Ladies, 8 Children

Scene 7 (associated song – Silent Night? Not Quite!)

If you only perform one scene, it has to be this one! Watch in horror (and delight!) as the infant nativity play descends into chaos! With decapitated dolls, a flattened donkey, fighting wise-men, angels with stage fright and a teacher about to explode, this is five minutes that will bring the house down!
Characters: Teacher, 3 Angels, Gabriel, Mary, Joseph, Donkey (both ends!), Innkeeper, 5 Shepherds, 3 Wise Men

Scene 8 (associated song – I Wish I Was An Infant Again)

Why do infants seem to get such an easy ride? Afternoon play times, shoe laces tied for them, lots of playing in the sand……? All is not as it seems, as we discover just how easily the ‘little ones’ can pull the wool over our eyes!
Characters: 6 Infants, 2 Parents, Teacher, Teaching Assistant

Scene 9 (associated song – Yucky Stuff)

With the last day of term upon us, the teacher is busy stripping walls while the class watch a DVD. We soon realise, however, that what the children think is suitable viewing material is not really what the teacher had in mind!
Characters: 6 Children, Teacher, 7 Shakespearean Characters

Scene 10 (associated song – Goodbye My Friend)

A chance for everyone to say goodbye, with a big emotional sing-song!
Characters: your whole cast!

Characters & Plot Summary by Scene

It is unlikely you will want to perform every scene and song, so below is a guide to help you choose those you want to include in your production. Continuity scenes have been written to introduce and link each main scene, though you may wish to personalise this aspect of the show with your own memories of the specific areas of school life covered.

All continuity scenes

Whilst waiting at the bus stop to catch the bus to school on their very last day of Year 6, four friends re-live the experiences that have made being at primary school such an adventure. Their conversation and memories provide the introduction to each of the main scenes in the play, and through these we come to understand the importance of, and their fondness for, the events and characters they are discussing.
Characters: Ben, Ali, Rachel and Emma

Scene 1 (associated song – Monday Morning Routine)

Enjoy the chaos that is a Monday morning in the classroom! With registration, lunch money to collect, mums wanting ‘a word’, lost shoes, late children and lots more, will our over-wrought teacher remember who’s supposed to be taking assembly?
Characters: Teacher, 12 Children, a Mum

Scene 2 (associated song – Hey TA!)

Discover just how indispensable our teaching assistants are, as a hapless teacher struggles to make a confused class understand some simple maths! In a hilarious bit of role reversal find out who really wears the trousers (or should that be rubber gloves) in the classroom!
Characters: Teacher, Teaching Assistant, 6 Children, 2 Infants

Scene 3 (associated song – PE Nightmare)

An outdoor PE session in the wind and rain, when dressed only in flimsy vests and shorts, is not something the children are relishing. How fantastic then, that their teacher is willing to show a bit of ‘solidarity’ and lead by example, joining them for a couple of laps of the field.
Characters: Teacher, 6 Children

Scene 4 (associated song – School Trip Boogie)

After the back seat scramble, the umpteenth head count, the complaints from a grumpy driver, travel sickness and countless verses of ‘The Wheels On The Bus’, will the class get to the zoo in time for the historic birth of a baby panda?
Characters: Teacher, 2 Adult Helpers, Bus Driver, 8 Children

Scene 5 (associated song – The SATs Blues)

Find out what goes through the minds of three very different children as they sit down to do a Maths SAT paper. From blind panic to the creative use of a mirror for cheating, it goes to prove that doing a test is anything but boring!
Characters: 3 Children

Scene 6 (associated song – New School Dinner)

What has been the real outcome of Jamie Oliver’s campaign for improved school dinners? Decide whether it really is a blessing, as these children choose from a Michelin-star menu, under the watchful eye of a front-of-house team who will not accept bad manners or sloppy dining habits!
Characters: 4 Cooks, 5 Dinner Ladies, 8 Children

Scene 7 (associated song – Silent Night? Not Quite!)

If you only perform one scene, it has to be this one! Watch in horror (and delight!) as the infant nativity play descends into chaos! With decapitated dolls, a flattened donkey, fighting wise-men, angels with stage fright and a teacher about to explode, this is five minutes that will bring the house down!
Characters: Teacher, 3 Angels, Gabriel, Mary, Joseph, Donkey (both ends!), Innkeeper, 5 Shepherds, 3 Wise Men

Scene 8 (associated song – I Wish I Was An Infant Again)

Why do infants seem to get such an easy ride? Afternoon play times, shoe laces tied for them, lots of playing in the sand……? All is not as it seems, as we discover just how easily the ‘little ones’ can pull the wool over our eyes!
Characters: 6 Infants, 2 Parents, Teacher, Teaching Assistant

Scene 9 (associated song – Yucky Stuff)

With the last day of term upon us, the teacher is busy stripping walls while the class watch a DVD. We soon realise, however, that what the children think is suitable viewing material is not really what the teacher had in mind!
Characters: 6 Children, Teacher, 7 Shakespearean Characters

Scene 10 (associated song – Goodbye My Friend)

A chance for everyone to say goodbye, with a big emotional sing-song!
Characters: your whole cast!

What do you get?

This musical production is available to buy in 3 different formats. When ordering, simply choose the option (details below) which best suits your requirements.

  • Option 1 – Book & Audio CD.
    A wire-bound book containing the full script with detailed stage directions, character information, tips and suggestions for costumes, props and scenery, and a piano score for all songs. An audio CD of all songs (backing tracks & vocal tracks) plus continuity/incidental music and sound effects where required.
  • Option 2 – CD-ROM & Audio CD.
    A CD-ROM containing both a PDF and an editable MS Word document of the full script, with detailed stage directions, character information, tips and suggestions for costumes, props and scenery, and a PDF of the piano score for all songs. An audio CD of all songs (backing tracks & vocal tracks) plus continuity/incidental music and sound effects where required.
  • Option 3 – Digital download.
    All the PDF and MS Word files from Option 2 above, all audio tracks as MP3 files, plus JPEG files of cover artwork for use in making posters or other promotional material. Upon completion of your order, a link will be automatically sent to the email address you provided, from which all the files can be downloaded.

Any order containing a digital download option must be paid for online at the point of ordering. Any order containing a digital download which is not accompanied by payment will not be processed.

UK schools can order Book & Audio CD and CD-ROM & Audio CD options with an invoice to be paid within 30 days. Non-UK schools and private individuals (not ordering on behalf of a school) are required to pay for these at the point of ordering.

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  1. 5 out of 5 springfield primary

    it was a brilliant production and we all loved playing it

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  2. 5 out of 5 _______________________

    This was a great show to celebrate us moving on. The last song Goodbye My Friend made everyone burst out into tears. 😭😭😭😭The nativity scene is well worth the practise of the synchronised talking, as many of the audience memebers were in helpless fits of laughter😅😅😅😅. This is a must do show. ☺☺☺ the end result was great. ☺☺😊😊

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  3. 5 out of 5 Madison St. Peter's

    Amazing !!!!

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  4. 5 out of 5 Suffolk

    This is brilliant the songs are so catchy!! I love the way the continuity scenes lead on the main scenes!

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  5. 5 out of 5 Leeds and Bromfield

    I think this is brilliant for my school we are already practicing all the songs and we love them apart from goodbye my friend we all fell apart crying

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  6. 5 out of 5 Kingsmoor lower school

    I think it’s good because we are doing the first three scenes and it’s really funny and the teacher is so frustrated I als like the P.E scene because I am child 1,4,5,6 and it is awesome ( I do like P.E though)

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  7. 5 out of 5 Hertingfordbury

    Loved it

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  8. 5 out of 5 Josh

    An amazing scripted play, unfortunately at our School some scenes are being missed out but my part in the Shakesperian scene (Part 2 of Scene9) is amazingly fun! Can’t wait!

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  9. 5 out of 5 St Mary's C.E. Primary School Beverley

    it is absolutely amazing I love the songs doing it in about 1 month but you need the full songs

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    • Thank you for your comment St Mary’s C.E. Primary School. The full songs are included in all of our production packs that we send out to customers. We only have snippets of the songs on the website to give our customers an idea of what the songs are like. Really pleased you like them so much though!

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  10. 5 out of 5 ST Pauls RC Primary School

    It is amazing we are doing in school.

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  11. 5 out of 5 Megan/ llanfair

    Awesome

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  12. 5 out of 5 Lily, Endeavour Primary School

    amazing but the last song is so hard to sing because even in rehearsals we cry

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  13. 5 out of 5 isabelli st.marys c of e primary school

    Its a great play with some funny scenes i loved it .Best play ever !!!

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  14. 5 out of 5 aniah babllake

    awesome llllovin it LOL

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  15. 5 out of 5 Alice Rainford brook lodge

    Great songs and a big ranges of parts and characters

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  16. 5 out of 5 Anymnous567 St Brigids

    It is so amazing, but Goodbye my friend the song always make me cry I don’t want to leave primary school

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  17. 5 out of 5 English Martyrs School

    well it is a VERY good play but i didnt get the part i really wanted

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  18. 5 out of 5 Carys Davies Birchgrove Primary

    Best play ever I was the teacher in the silent night scene. Hilarious.

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  19. 5 out of 5 Tilly, arnot st mary

    i really enjoyed acting the play in school i would definitely recommend it to other schools

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  20. 5 out of 5 Isimenme, St peters cofe walworth primary

    This is the most funniest thing i have ever done with my whole class i want to do it again but sadly we are leaving the school.

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  21. 5 out of 5 safa ahmed, earley st peters c of e primary Reading

    Awesome and hilarious!

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  22. 5 out of 5 Emilia, Ouedgley

    I absolutely love the play the songs were amazing headless chicken awesome the children had the time of there lives making this play.

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  23. 5 out of 5 Bella, St Mary's Primary School

    Did this for leavers play, so funny and good, definitely recommend!

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  24. 5 out of 5 Joy Burrows, Dep. Head, Gledhow Primary School

    The audience laughed throughout at the very funny scenes and script, the wonderful songs and music provided a great backing for our dances and the last song (Goodbye My Friend) was emotional and moving. Altogether a wonderful show – we received a standing ovation!

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  25. 5 out of 5 caitlin, ashton under lyne

    I’m doing this in a few weeks. Looks cool!

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  26. 5 out of 5 Jonny, beech green primary school

    fantastic, so funny, simply amazing!

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  27. 5 out of 5 leyana, baildon c of e primary

    Hi I’m Leyana I’m in year 6 and we are doing this play for our leavers play, it is amazing!!

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  28. 5 out of 5 anonymus123, new oscott primary school

    this is the best leavers performance ever!

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