Marcus Johnson grew up in the rough streets of the notorious south central neighbourhoods of Los Angeles and Inglewood, California. Being homeless and illiterate from a young age Marcus decided to make a life for himself as a professional boxer. Years later he used his boxing skills to become a personal trainer for people in the entertainment industry. It was during this time he developed a curiosity and fascination for the arts. Marcus was encouraged by his colleagues to audition for the National Institute of Dramatic Arts - NIDA where he was accepted and later graduated successfully receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts.
On graduating, Marcus secured numerous film roles including The Condemned, Windsor, The Osiris Child and the soon to be released The Very Excellent Mr Dundee. Marcus’ television credits include The Rake, Secret Daughter, Power Rangers, East West 101, Spartacus, Mr and Mrs Murder and Sea Patrol to name a few. Marcus’ most recent theatre credits include Prize Fighter’s National Tour and The Brothers Size for Griffin Theatre Company.
Marcus is currently touring with The Sapphires and is excited to be working alongside such a formidable team both on stage and on the production side. ... See MoreSee Less
Anthony Lim is an Australian actor born and raised in Melbourne. The majority of Anthony’s training is derived from Deakin University where he has undertaken a study of the fine arts (theatre and film). To further enhance his skills, Anthony has also studied under Shaun Goss (NIDA) and Maria Efthmiopoulos (2 Divas). A film and television actor, Anthony has appeared on Robert Connolly’s Barracuda (2016), Neil Triffett’s EMO the musical (2016) and Emma Freeman’s Glitch (2019). Anthony is excited to make his theatrical debut on Tony Brigg’s The Sapphires (2019). Anthony will be portraying Joe (Tran Van Hai), a Vietnamese boy searching for his family who crosses paths with the Sapphires. Outside of acting, Anthony has a passion for boxing. The sweet science has taught him how to remain calm under pressure as getting punched in the face is far scarier than forgetting a few lines. ... See MoreSee Less
Calen Tassone is a young talent from the Pilbara, Western Australia. The Sapphires marks Calen’s debut with HIT Productions. Other theatre credits include Astroman with the Melbourne Theatre Company, Conversations with the Dead and Confessions of a Pyromaniac with Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company and the national tour of Sugarland with ATYP. Calen has recently finished shooting the Matchbox Pictures television serial for the ABC The Heights. Prior to this, he appeared in the ABC’s Black Comedy Series 2. While studying at the International Screen Academy, he won the role of ‘Taylor Pete’ in the Kriv Stender’s directed feature Blue Dog. ... See MoreSee Less
After two successful HIT tours, The 39 Steps playing Richard Hannay and touring again with HIT in 2018 in the equally successful production of Hotel Sorrento as Dick Bennett, Mike is delighted to be collaborating with Tony Briggs and the wonderful cast and crew of The Sapphires. He relishes the chance to bring this story of family to audiences Australia-wide, in particular some of the far-reaching communities - who don’t often get to see this calibre of show. A 2005 NIDA Graduate, Mike is a Green Room Award Nominee for this portrayal of Tony in Billy Elliot – The Musical, directed by Stephen Daldry. Mike is also known for this TV roles in All Saints and Winners & Losers. ... See MoreSee Less