The Sap­phires at Ararat Town Hall

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

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.”

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