The Sapphires

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The Sapphires Melbourne Theatre Company 2004

by Tony Briggs

The Sapphires is an Australian play written by Tony Briggs and directed by Wesley Enoch. It is set in 1968 (a year after the referendum expanding the rights of Aborigines) and it tells the story of The Sapphires, a singing group of four Yorta Yorta women who tour Vietnam during the war. It was inspired by the true story of Briggs's mother, Laurel Robinson, and aunt, Lois Peeler, who toured Vietnam as singers. The pair slept on the stage, as Robinson recalled: "It was so scary – one night a bomb went off, the bed fell down and the place shook." Though set at the time of increasing calls for Aboriginal rights, the play takes these issues seriously but in a way that does not detract from its fun and humour and adds to its entertainment value.

The Sapphires MTC - Wayne Blair, Rachel Maza, Ursula Yovich, Lisa Flanagan, Deborah Mailman, Stephen Lovatt, Aljin Abella, Chris Kirby

Director Wesley Enoch
Designer Richard Roberts
Lighting Matt Scott
Stage Manager Tiffany Noack

Playbill / Program Date Nov - Dec 2004 The Playhouse Theatre

Size 150 x 240 mm with Great Newspaper Clipping

Condition: Used Good 8/10  

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