The Sapphires at Ararat Town Hall
A touring stage play of popular Australian story, The Sapphires, will showcase at Ararat Town Hall on Friday.
The Sapphires story has won multiple awards as a play, film and soundtrack album, with the stage play on a national tour.
Ararat Rural City Council chief executive Tim Harrison said the show was sure to be a sellout and encouraged people to get their tickets through Ararat Town Hall’s website.
The Sapphires tells the story of four young Yorta Yorta female singers who suddenly get the chance to change their ‘tune’ and their lives.
Wearing uniforms of sequins and armed only with microphones, they find themselves trying to spread joy in the hell that is the Vietnam War.
Writer-director Tony Briggs wrote the play based on inspiration from a true story about his mother.
Critics have described The Sapphires as ‘a funny, heart-warming tale inspired by a true story. It is an energetic, fun and engaging play that affirms life and the realisation of dreams’.
It tells the incredible journey of the women who sing classic soul hits against the backdrop of personal change and massive social upheaval.
Mr Briggs said the incarnation of his work on show in Ararat was a version he promised would be the most intimate telling of The Sapphires 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,” he said.
“I also hope the audience gets a sense of joy and an understanding of who Aboriginal people are and walk away from The Sapphires with a smile on their faces.”