The Sapphires by Tony Briggs

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About the Play

Meet the McCrae sisters - four gorgeous singers from country Victoria whose biggest dream is to become as famous as their Motown idols.

It is 1969, and their Supremes cover band is performing in St Kilda's Tiki Club when the sisters are spotted by a talent scout. Soon they are dreaming of fame, fortune and glamorous international careers. Instead, these Koori divas find themselves in the war zone of Vietnam, entertaining the troops.

Based on the true story of his mother's and aunts' showbiz careers, Tony Briggs has created a steamy and swinging medley of the highs and lows of family, love, war and the hottest soul music in the jungle of 'Nam!

This new co-production by Black Swan and Company B Belvoir of the hit musical The Sapphires will be bigger and better than ever, and features a stellar cast led by Christine Anu and Casey Donovan. Wesley Enoch directs this feel-good production full of the Motown classics that defined a generation, and our leading ladies are sure to raise the roof of the Playhouse Theatre as they perform such hits as Stop in the Name of Love, Chain of Fools, Sex Machine, Knock on Wood and Respect.

"Wesley Enoch is a shining star of the Australian theatre and we are delighted that he is at the helm of this play, with music that spans two continents and several cultures, with a light touch but also a certain sense of pathos." Kate Cherry

A Perth International Arts Festival event. The Sapphires is a co-production with Company B Belvoir.

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Cast & Creatives

Cast includes: Aljin Abella, Hollie Andrew, Christine Anu, Jimi Bani, Casey Donovan, Kylie Farmer, Kenneth Ransom and Oliver Wenn.

Musicians: Simon Burke, Ben Collins, Daniele Di Paola and Andrew Weir

Director: Wesley Enoch

Musical Director: Peter Farnan Set Designer: Richard Roberts Costume Designer: Tim Chappel Lighting Designer: Trent Suidgeest Choreographer: Tony Bartuccio Assistant Director: Kyle Morrison Assistant Musical Director: Simon Burke


“The energetic and exciting piece of theatre featured four stellar voices and some of the best music ever produced… I would love to say rush out and get a ticket, but the run has sold out, so beg borrow or steal a ticket to see what is surely going to be a high point of the theatre going year.” Australian Stage Online

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