The Sapphires set to shine on stage

The Sapphires set to shine on stage

ONE of Australia’s best-loved stories The Sapphires is coming to Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

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. The raw energy, fun and emotion of The Sapphires story will be shared 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,” he said.

“They get a sense of joy and understanding of who Aboriginal people are and walk away from The Sapphires with a smile on their faces.

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 of 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.

For more information on all the workshops and performances call the Box Office 9550 3900 or visit the website MPAC.

The essentials

WHAT: The Sapphires

WHERE: Mandurah Performing Art Centre

WHEN: Wednesday, August 14 at 7.30pm