About

Winner of the 2010 Sydney Theatre Awards Judith Johnson Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical (Christine Anu)

The Sapphires raised the roof at Belvoir in 2005. Then in 2010 and 2011 the production toured extensively around Australia before heading overseas to the Daegu Opera House in South Korea and the Barbican Centre in London.

1969. Vietnam. Bombs are dropping and the world is exploding in protest. Back at the Tiki Club in St Kilda, four Koori sisters from country Victoria catch the eye of a big-city talent scout with their Supremes cover group. But for the MacCrae girls, the realisation of a lifelong dream to perform overseas isn’t quite what they had in mind. They’re off to sing for the troops on the front line.

This swinging celebration of all the joy and heartbreak of family tells the true story of The Sapphires as they shake it for the troops and push sibling love to its limits. Wesley Enoch’s terrific production features the soul hits that defined a generation. And we’re thrilled that two great indigenous songstresses, Christine Anu and Casey Donovan, are stepping into the shimmery frocks for this long-awaited revival. Relive the reliving!

Cast

Aljin Abella
Hollie Andrew
Christine Anu
Jimi Bani
Simon Burke
Ben Collins
Daniele Di Paola
Casey Donovan
Kylie Farmer
Peter Farnan
Markus Hamilton
Lisa Maza
Ngaire Pigram
Kenneth Ransom
Megan Sarmardin
Andrew Weir
Oliver Wenn

Team

By Tony Briggs
Director Wesley Enoch
Musical Director Peter Farnan
Set Designer Richard Roberts
Costume Designer Tim Chappel
Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest
Choreographer Tony Bartuccio
Sound Supervisor/Operator Tom Brickhill
Assistant Director Kyle Morrison
Assistant Musical Director Simon Burke
Touring Company Manager Michael Norman
Production Manager Ashley Page
Technical Production Manager Christopher Page
Casting Director Annie Murtagh-Monks
Stage Manager Rebecca Gibbs
Assistant Stage Manager Holly Woollard
Rehearsal Stage Manager Peter Sutherland
Wardrobe Manager Sacha Mahoub

Reviews

The songs are great and delivered with velvet sleekness and thrilling attack.

The Guardian

[The actors] deliver increasingly raw, spine-tingling renditions of Motown classics, generating an irresistible, rare and real rapport on stage.

Time Out London

Staged with clarity and assurance by Wesley Enoch and snappily choreographed by Tony Bartuccio, The Sapphires is an upbeat celebration powered by four truly engaging performers: Deborah Mailman, Ursula Yovich, Rachael Maza and Lisa Flanagan.

The Sydney Morning Herald