The Sapphires



Friday 12 July 8pm (post-show Q & A)
Saturday 13 July 2pm & 8pm
2 hours (including interval)
Patron advice: suitable for 7+ years, some adult themes, simulated warfare and a small amount of coarse language.

Presented by Whitehorse Centre and HIT Productions.

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Producer Christine Harris & HIT Productions
Playwright and Director Tony Briggs
Associate Director Kylie Bracknell (Kaarljiba Kaardyn)
Musical Director Nathaniel Andrew
Set and Lighting Designer Mark Howett
Choreographer Leonard Mickelo
Cast includes Matilda Brown, Mindy Kwanten, Lorinda Merrypor, Ngaire Pigram, Mike Smith

The Sapphires is one of Australia’s best-loved stories. This multiple award winning musical play is coming to the Whitehorse Centre for the first time.

Four young Aboriginal women from regional Australia, who like singing country music, suddenly get the chance to change their tune and their lives. Wearing sequins and 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 Tony Briggs' mother – the incredible journey of four Yorta Yorta Women, who sing classic 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.

“The Sapphires is a play about fulfilling dreams and challenging stereotypes. It is a play about hope.” — Herald Sun

“Sheer enjoyment. The Sapphires is a fun show with loads of appeal.” — The Age

The Sapphires is part of the Whitehorse Centre 2019 Professional Season. Subscription packages are currently available and individual tickets will be on sale from 10am on Monday 7 January 2019.

  View our 2019 Professional Season Brochure online
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For more information, phone the Box Office on 9262 6555 or email



- Booking fees apply per transaction, not per ticket.
- $4.00 via phone and $3.00 via online. No fee when purchasing in person at the Box Office.
- Fees subject to change
- Concession:  Seniors Card (60+), Government Concession Card, full time students 16 years and older with valid ID card.
- Under 25: A discounted ticket for any patron under the age of 25. ID may be requested upon entry to theatre.
- Under 24 months: free of charge if held by carer and not occupying a seat.