The Sapphires shine bright

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Tony Briggs’ acclaimed musical The Sapphires will hit stages across Australia during the production’s first major tour, stopping in Brisbane at QUT Gardens Theatre from 19–20 March.

Tharawal woman and QUT acting alumnus Matilda Brown, from Federal on the Sunshine Coast, will play ‘Sapphire’ Kay alongside a talented ensemble of Indigenous Australian and multicultural performers including Linda May Merrypor (American Idiot), Ngaire Pigram, Mindy Kwanten (Fame The Musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Aljin Abella (Aladdin) and Mike Smith (Billy Elliot – The Musical).

The Sapphires tells the story of four young Aboriginal women in a singing group from regional Australia, who are given the chance to change their tune and their lives. Wearing sequins and armed only with microphones, the young women find themselves on a life-altering trip to Vietnam to entertain the troops during the war. 

Exploring issues such as race, prejudice and acceptance, Briggs’ play – based on his mother’s life experience – will also go ‘off road’ to Indigenous communities in remote areas of the country in a free, pop-up production staged on the back of a specially-designed truck, removing barriers for those communities to experience live theatre.

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RACQ members can take advantage of an exclusive offer of 20% off tickets to the Brisbane show. The Sapphires will play at QUT Gardens Theatre on 19 and 20 March, 2019. An intimate inner-city Brisbane theatre, QUT Gardens Theatre presents professional theatre from around Australia in Season 2019.