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The Sapphires
  • Date: Friday 21 June 2019
  • Time: Doors open 7.30pm. Show starts 8pm
  • Cost: From $45
  • Venue: Marana Auditorium
    16 MacMahon Street, Hurstville NSW 2220
  • Bookings: 9330 6400

The Sapphires - Written and Directed by Tony Briggs

One of Australia's best loved stories, the Sapphires, which has been adopted to stage and screen, and winning multiple awards, is coming to the Hurstville Entertainment Centre for one special performance.

The Sapphires is a heart-warming tale inspired by the true story of Tony Briggs’ mother. Set in 1968 during landmark changes to Aboriginal rights, it tells the story of a singing group of four young Yorta Yorta women, discovered by a talent scout at St Kilda’s Tiki Club. He convinces them to tour Vietnam to sing classic soul songs for the troops and it becomes a life-altering trip to the depths of war and back again. Whilst The Sapphires explores issues such as race, prejudice and pleas for acceptance, it is an energetic and engaging play that affirms life and the realisation of dreams.

The Sapphires directed by Wesley Enoch was first performed by the Melbourne Theatre Company in November2004 and continued at Sydney’s Company B in 2005. It was a smash hit success, taking out the 2005 Helpmann Awards for Best Play and Best New Australian Work.  

It was revived by Black Swan and Company B in 2010. The show ran at Deagu International Music Festival in 2010, in 2011 as part of the Adelaide Festival. The Sapphires performed for the first time internationally in March 2011 for a two- week London tour at the Barbican Centre.  

The Sapphires was released as a feature film in 2012 receiving wide popular and critical acclaim.


·          Cynthia: Mindy Kwanten (FAME The Musical [Australia & Asia],Priscilla Queen of the Desert [Michael Cassel Group], Hair [David Atkins]) 

·          Gail: Ngaire Pigram (Cut The Sky [Marrugeku], The Sapphires [2011 Sydney’s Belvoir Street & London seasons])

·          Kay: Matilda Brown (Stolen [Riverside Theatre], The Cherry Orchard QUT])

·          Julie: Lorinda Merrypor (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical [Michael Cassel Group, American Idiot [Shake & Stir Theatre Co & QPAC) 

·          Dave: Mike Smith (TV – Winners & Losers ; Theatre - Billy Elliot The Musical [directed by Stephen Daldry] and HIT’s national tours of The 39 Steps and Hotel Sorrento)

·          Robbie: Don Battee  (The Sapphires – feature film), The Matrix Trilogy, X-Men Wolverine) 

·          Jimmy: Calen Tassone (The Heights TV series, Astroman [MTC], Sugarland [ATYP])

·          Joe: Anthony Lim

Creative Team:

·          Tony Briggs and includes Associate Director Kylie Bracknell [Kaarljilba Kaardin]

·          Musical Director Nathaniel Andrew

·          Set & LX Designer Mark Howett

·          Choreographer Leonard Mickelo

Friday 21 June

Hurstville Entertainment Centre

MacMahon Street


Doors open 7.30pm. Show starts 8pm

Tickets: $49 (Adults). Concession and Children ($45)

Tickets on sale here

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