The Sapphires

The Sapphires

The Sapphires is one of  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 like the MECC and 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", 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.

Producer – Christine Harris and HIT Productions
Playwright & Director – Tony Briggs
Musical Director – Nathaniel Andrew
Set & LX Designer – Mark Howett

Please note > Some adult themes, simulated warfare and a small amount of coarse language.

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Antipasto Platters

  • $30 Share platter for 2 (including 2 beverages)
  • $18 Share platter for 2 (platter only)
  • $16 Platter for 1 (including 1 beverage)
  • $10 Platter for 1 (platter only)

Why not make your experience complete and enjoy an Antipasto Platter, available at pre-show and interval. Platter with smoked cheddar, gouda cheese, green stuffed olives, char-grilled capsicum, salami and water crackers. (GF and vegetarian options available). Beverage choices: House wine, domestic beers, basic spirits, water or soft drink.

Pre-purchase > Platters only available to pre-order until 12pm on the day of the event, unless the event is on a weekend and the date would be the Friday before the event at 12pm.

Please note > You are not able to take food or drink into the auditorium. We do encourage you to come along to the venue 1 hour prior to show time, so that you have plenty of time to enjoy it.  Alternatively, if arriving late, just let our bar staff know that you’d like to pick up the platter from our Interval Drinks table at interval.

Collection > Platters will be available for collection at the Bar.

Buy at the event > Platters will be available to purchase at the event from the bar pre-show and at interval (where applicable).

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28 March, 2019
07:30 pm
MECC Auditorium

$42 Adult
$38 Friend/MECC Card
$38 Concession
$22 Student
$22 Child U12
$35 Group 6+

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