The Sapphires

WHEN
Thur 18 – Sat 20 Jun 7.30pm
Sat 20 Jun 2pm

WHERE
Gasworks Theatre

RUNNING TIME
110 mins approx, plus 20 min interval

TICKETS
Full $45
Conc $40
Under 30 $40
Gold Card holder $36
Group (+6) $30
CoPP Local $30
(CoPP Local Ticket only available on Opening Night)

WARNINGS
Suitable for ages 7+. Some adult themes, simulated warfare and a small amount of coarse language.

ACCESS
Wheelchair Accessible

Gasworks Arts Park & HIT Productions Present

The Sapphires

Written & directed by Tony Briggs

The Sapphires is a funny, heart-warming tale inspired by the true story of writer Tony Briggs’ mother. It tells of the incredible journey of a singing group of four Yorta Yorta Women, who sing classic soul hits against the backdrop of personal change and massive social upheaval. It is an energetic, fun and engaging play that affirms life and the realisation of dreams.

Four young Aboriginal women from regional Australia, who like singing country music, suddenly get the chance to change their tune and their lives. Wearing uniforms of sequins and armed only with microphones, they find themselves trying to spread joy in the hell that is the Vietnam War.

The Sapphires is one of the Australia’s best-loved stories. Winning multiple awards as a play, film and soundtrack album, there was one challenge left: to undertake a national tour of Australia. Bringing the raw energy, fun and emotion of this story directly to stages like Gasworks and across the nation.

Briggs will direct his work in a version he promises will be the most intimate telling of The Sapphires story yet. “I hope the audience will feel a fresh sense of connection to a story that has already successfully infiltrated the psyche of the Australian theatre and movie going public and get a sense of joy and understanding of who Aboriginal people are and walk away from The Sapphires with a smile on their faces” says Briggs.

“A gem of a play. Briggs mixes fact and fiction to lay bare and flesh out his celebratory tale which, though political in patches, is focused on the personal. The Sapphires is heartfelt and joyous. Superb.” Bryce Hallett, Sydney Morning Herald

“…a play about fulfilling dreams and challenging stereotypes. It is a play about hope.” Kate Herbert, The Herald Sun

“…as close as anything I’ve seen to a sure-fire hit. This is great popular theatre, which is confident enough to take no prisoners.” Alison Croggon, Theatre Notes

“Energetic, passionate, heart wrenching, uplifting, hilarious and engaging.” Anna Locke, Australian Stage

“Sheer enjoyment. The Sapphires is a fun show with loads of appeal.” Helen Thomson, The Age

Image by Jodie Hutchinson

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