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Step back in time… and straight into the latest club opening on the banks of the Brisbane River
Not since the critically acclaimed Ladies in Black has Queensland Theatre brought their masterful storytelling to musical theatre. But here they come again, teaming up with QPAC for the first time since the record-breaking success of Boy Swallows Universe to present The Sunshine Club.
This is a show filled with all the razzle dazzle that musical theatre audiences are used to, but it’s set on our own soil. First Nations boy Frank Doyle (Marcus Corowa) returns to Brisbane from the battlefields of WWII filled with optimism and ready to start the next chapter of his young life. All he wants to do is spend time with girl next door Rose (Irena Lysiuk) but in 1946 Brisbane it’s still frowned upon for black and white to be together.
Filled with hope and defiance Frank sets up his own ballroom, The Sunshine Club, where anyone and everyone can come together… to dance.
Together internationally acclaimed playwright and director Wesley Enoch, prolific composer John Rodgers, and a cast of industry icons and leading lights, harness the innate optimism of the musical theatre form to create an unmissable love story – a love story between two young people, and a love letter to a future nation.
The Sunshine Club shines a light on a part of our history that we can be proud of – a community of Brisbane people, black and white, determined to experience the very best of life together. This is reconciliation, love, in action.
View the Digital Program for The Sunshine Club here [5.2MB]
Book and Lyrics by Wesley Enoch
Music by John Rodgers
Directed by Wesley Enoch
Musical Director Wayne Freer
Choreographer Yolande Brown
Costume Designer Richard Roberts
Set and Property Designer Jacob Nash
Lighting Designer Ben Hughes
Sound Designer Derek Wilson
Assistant Musical Director Luke Volker
Senior Stage Manager Kat O’Halloran
Deputy Stage Manager Tenneale Rogers
Assistant Stage Manager Katherine Crocker
Irena Lysiuk Rose Morris
Marcus Corowa Frank Doyle
Roxanne McDonald Aunty Faith Doyle
Andrew Buchanan Reverend Percy Morris
Naarah Pearl Doyle
Beau Dean Riley Smith Dave Daylight
Trent Owers Peter Walsh/Doorman/Jimmy Daily
Zoe Walters Mavis Moreton
Jazleen Latrise Audrey Martin
Colin Smith Pauly O’Brien
Kate Yaxley Patti Maguire
Garret Lyon Lorry Hocking/Ghost/Bill Harris
Wayne Freer Bass Trombone/Euphonium
Stephen Newcomb Piano
Katie Randall Drums
Michael Whitaker Trumpet /Piano Accordion
Mika Atkinson Saxophone
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