Local Yorta Yorta story returns to Eastbank

The Sapphires is one of Australia’s best-loved musicals, inspired by the true story of four Yorta Yorta women.

It is written and directed by Tony Briggs, son of one of the original Sapphires, who says he will deliver one of the most intimate versions of The Sapphires story yet.

“I hope audiences will feel a fresh sense of connection to this story and leave with a sense of joy and understanding of who Indigenous people are,” says Tony Briggs. 

The musical is based on four young women, who like to sing country music and 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.

Manager Performing Arts and Conventions at Riverlinks, Ken Cameron says, “Riverlinks previously hosted The Sapphires in 2010; it was a fantastic performance and we are delighted to present this new production.”

The Sapphires is a funny, heart-warming tale inspired by the true story of Tony Briggs’ mother. It tells of the incredible journey of the group who sing Motown Soul hits against the backdrop of personal change and massive social upheaval.

This uplifting performance is on at Riverlinks Eastbank on Wednesday 22 May at 10.30am and 7.30pm.

Tickets are available online or through the Riverlinks Box Office: 03 5832 9511.