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The Sapphires - Written and directed by Tony Briggs

Civic Centre , Music , Entertainment location: At Esperance Civic Centre Council Pl, Esperance WA 6450, Australia

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Friday 7th August
7:30 - 9:30pm

Esperance Civic Centre Council Pl, Esperance WA 6450, Australia

Cost: Tickets:
Students $25
Under 30 $30
Concessions $39.90
Group of 6+ $40
Adult $44.90

Tags: music , entertainment , musicals

The Sapphires written & directed by Tony Briggs, is presented by the Esperance Civic Centre and proudly supported by Lotterywest.
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 like the Esperance Civic Centre 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." 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.

“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
Duration: 140mins (including 20mins interval)
Rating: Suitable for ages 7+. Some adult themes, simulated warfare and a small amount of coarse language.
Tickets also available from Shire Administration, Esperance Library and Visitor Centre.

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