The Sapphires

ManPAC Presents


The Sapphires is one of the Australia’s best-loved stories. 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. Bringing the raw energy, fun and emotion of this story directly to stages like (insert your area) and 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 and movie going public and get a sense of joy and understanding of who Aboriginal people are and walk away from ‘The Sapphires’ with a smile on their faces. Said Tony. 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 that is 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.

It is an energetic, fun and engaging play that affirms life and the realisation of dreams


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“A blast of joy and music that struts right into your heart. What a treat awaits you watching their dreams play out.”

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone


“On music, identity and race, the film has a big beating heart in the right place.”

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian


“An Aboriginal girl group’s journey from the outback to stardom is an energetic, feel-good triumph. Perhaps the best evidence lies at Cannes. For ten glorious minutes, following the film’s world premiere there, a delighted, enraptured audience was on its feet, moved to tears by the emotional journey they’d just witnessed, while also feeling irresistibly loose and funky.”

Ed Gibbs, Sydney Morning Herald



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