• The Sapphires

    Written and Directed by Tony Briggs

  • Date:

    Thursday 21st February
  • PRICE:

    $52.50 - $65.00


    Approx 2 hrs 20 mins

    Entertainment Centre
    Box Office: 1300 788 503
    Book Now

  • Category: Music
The Sapphires Poster

A Production by Christine Harris and HIT Productions

The Sapphires

Written and Directed by Tony Briggs

Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre 2019 Season

”..a cracking tale with plenty of drama and interest, and the music was brilliant…Go see this for the magnificent music, fascinating story, and to support a group of brilliant First Nations talent.” Stage Whispers (Feb 2019)

The Sapphires is one of 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 the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre and across the nation.

Motown soul hits, I Heard it Through the Grapevine, He’s So Fine, Respect and My Boyfriend’s Back promise to transport audiences back to the screaming 60s and inside the incredible story of four aboriginal women who suddenly got the chance to change their lives and attempt to spread joy in the hell that was the Vietnam War.

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 Aboriginal women, who like singing country music, suddenly get the chance to change their tune 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 Briggs’ 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.

Cast Ngaire Pigram, Matilda Brown, Mindy Kwanten, Lorinda Merrypor, Mike Smith, Don Battee, Calen Tassone, Aljin Abella
Producer Christine Harris and HIT Productions
Playwright & Director Tony Briggs
Associate Producer Kylie Bracknell (Kaarljilba Kaardn)
Musical Director Nathaniel Andrew
Set & LX Designer Mark Howett
Choreographer Leonard Mickelo


Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre Members have the opportunity to meet the stars after the show. Stay tuned for more details to follow soon.


Member/Group 8+/U30: $52.50
Adult: $65.00
Conc: $55.00


Counter Sales: no transaction fee
Online Bookings: $2 per transaction
Telephone Bookings: $5.50 per transaction
Postage (if required): $5 per order


Enjoy a delicious pre-show two-course dinner

Member: $38
Regular: $42

Dinner bookings for this event will close on Thursday 14 February at 2pm

All meals are freshly prepared on site using local suppliers. To assist us in providing you with your preferred menu choice it is essential to place your order by calling the Box Office or emailing us here at least one week prior to the show to place your order.

You can view our 2019 Summer menu here.

Dinner commences at 6pm – please be seated no later than 6.30pm
For further information please contact our Box Office on 1300 788 503.

Approximately 2 hrs 20 mins (incl interval)

Ages 7+. Some adult themes, simulated warfare and a small amount of coarse language.

HIT Productions

The Sapphires

More great music…

Daniel Thompson’s Johnny Cash Live Poster Evening Stars Poster

© 2019 Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre // Design Scopemedia + Development 3Easy