Ready to shine: The Sapphires is set to sparkle on stage

Gems: (from left) Lorinda Merrypor (Julie), Mindy Kwanten( Cynthia), Matilda Brown( Kay) and Ngaire Pigram (Gail) in The Sapphires.
Gems: (from left) Lorinda Merrypor (Julie), Mindy Kwanten( Cynthia), Matilda Brown( Kay) and Ngaire Pigram (Gail) in The Sapphires.

The Sapphires, the acclaimed musical by Tony Briggs, will be at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre for one night only on Saturday, March 2.

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. 

While 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.

Produced by Christine Harris, The Sapphires will travel throughout Australia in 2019 – 2020 to more than 140 locations.

The show features a talented young ensemble of first nation performers in all the Indigenous Australian roles as well as multicultural performers, Tony Briggs will direct his play for the first time.

The Sapphires is on at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre, Saturday, March 2, at 8pm,