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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 Frankston Arts Centre.

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. Said Tony.

Four young women from regional Australia, who like singing country music, suddenly get the chance to change their tune, their clothes 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 Brigg’s mother. It tells of the incredible journey of a singing group of four Yorta Yorta Women, who sing Motown 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.

Written and directed by Tony Briggs

Presented by: Frankston Arts Centre and Christine Harris & HIT Productions

This show is handpicked to be in the FAC 2019 Season.

 Thanks to our 2019 partners

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“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

The Sapphires is a play about fulfilling dreams and challenging stereotypes. It is a play about hope. “

Kate Herbert, The Herald Sun

The Sapphires is 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 Crogan, 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

 

Two course set pre show dining packages are available throughout the year on selected shows.

Dinner package includes a set main and dessert meal at $48.00 per person

Menu provided closer to the event

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

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