Written & Directed by Tony Briggs
A production by Christine Harris & HIT Productions.
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 and that was to undertake a national tour of Australia. Bringing the raw energy, fun and emotion of this story directly to stages across the nation. Writer Tony 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.”
– Tony Briggs
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, armed only with microphones they find themselves trying to spread joy in the hell that is the Vietnam War.
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.
2019 National Tour
February 13 – October 23 2019 – 31.5 week tour to 69 venues & 10 FOC pop-up locations in NSW, QLD, VIC, SA, WA, NT & TAS
Queanbeyan, Nowra, Liverpool, Cessnock, Orange, Sutherland, Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Ipswich, Redcliffe, Capella, Mackay, Ayr, Mount Isa, Cairns, Gladstone, Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Dubbo, Moonee Ponds, Narre Warren, Wangaratta, Wagga Wagga, Bega, Albury, Healesville, Hurstville, North Gosford, Griffith, Colac, South Morang, Traralgon, Bayswater, Bendigo, Moorabbin, St Albans, Nunawading, Frankston, Drysdale, Shepparton, Roxby Downs, Mount Gambier, Renmark, Noarlunga, Port Pirie, Albany, Margaret River, Bunbury, Mandurah, Carnarvon, Karratha, Katherine, Alice Springs, Ararat, Swan Hill, Upwey, Warragul, Sale, Bairnsdale, Parramatta, Broken Hill, Quambatook, Kyneton, Ballarat, Hobart, Devonport, Launceston, Werribee.
POP-UPS: Coober Pedy, Roebourne, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs (Yirarra College) Dareton, Cummeragunja, Hawthorn (Scotch College), Lake Tyers, Nathalia, Toorloo Arm