The Sapphires

Four women in blue gowns singing onstage

The Sapphires is a heart-warming story of four young Aboriginal women from regional Australia who like singing country music, as they 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, joyful tale written and directed by Tony Briggs and inspired by the true story 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 musical play that affirms life and the realisation of dreams.

Cast and Creatives


Producer: Christine Harris – HIT Productions
Writer and Director: Tony Briggs
Musical Director: Nathaniel Andrew
Assistant Musical Director: James Feagal
LX Designer: Mark Howett
Choreographer: Leonard Mickelo


Lorinda May Merrypor: Julie
Jade Lomas-Ronan: Gail
Kaninna Langford: Cynthia
Matilda Brown: Kay (May-June)
Oliver Wenn: Dave
Tibian Wyles: Jimmy
Anthony Lim: Joe (Tran Van Hai)
Don Battee: Robby/Barman


Hamish Jetson: Band Leader/Bass Guitar
Wilsen Conn: Guitar
Jordan Cant: Drums

Duration: 150 mins including 20-minute interval

Note: Age recommendation 7+. Some adult themes, simulated warfare and a small amount of course language


“A gem of a play . . . The Sapphires is heartfelt and joyous. Superb.” - Bryce Hallett, Sydney Morning Herald

“Energetic, passionate, heart wrenching, uplifting, hilarious and engaging.” - Anna Locke, Australian Stage


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Date and Time
Drum Theatre
Corner Lonsdale and Walker streets, Dandenong
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Cost of Event (if any)
Full: $36, Concession: $33; Members: $28; Groups (8+): $30pp; Youth under 30: $18
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