Australia’s hit musical The Sapphires comes to Barbican next week with its soulful tale of an aspiring Supremes cover band performing for the Australian troops in 1960’s Vietnam. Whilst the bombs fall around them this ambitious group of Koori women soon discover that their lifelong dream of international stardom has not entirely gone to plan.
Based on the life of writer Tony Brigg's mother, The Sapphires is a true story of family, love and war uplifted by singalong soul train classics like Respect by Aretha Franklin, Stop in the Name of Love by The Supremes and Marvin Gaye’s I Heard It Through The Grape Vine. Expect glamour, humour and heartache with a sprinkling of reality TV star quality in the shape of Australian Idol winner, Casey Donovan.
The Sapphires is on at the Barbican from the 2-12 March. Tickets £16-28.
Image of Lisa Maza, Ngaire Pigram, Casey Donovan, Megan Sarmardin by William Hall