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Queensland Theatre and QPAC present

THE SUNSHINE CLUB

Book and Lyrics by Wesley Enoch
Music by John Rodgers
Directed by Wesley Enoch

SWING INTO THE SUNSHINE CLUB WHERE EVERYONE IS WELCOME AND ROMANCES BLOOM.

Now is the perfect time for the revival of this radiant and joyful Brisbane musical.

It's the summer of 1946, and the war is over. Aboriginal soldier Frank Doyle has spent years fighting shoulder-to-shoulder with troops from all over Australia, but when he steps onto the Brisbane wharf he finds some things haven't changed. But Frank knows how to fight for his country.

It's been a long war and Frank just wants a better life — the simple pleasures of music and laughter, a place where he can dance with Rose, the beautiful girl next door. Filled with hope and defiance, Frank sets up his own ballroom, The Sunshine Club, where everyone is invited to meet, mingle and sway the night away.

Queensland Theatre audiences first fell in love with The Sunshine Club in 1999. The First Nations artists behind it are now household names. Just when the world needs a beacon of hope, this glorious musical classic is here to leave you grinning and tapping your toes. Wesley Enoch comes home to lead the next generation of deadly talent.

2022 Education Pack Program

  • Duration
    2 hrs and 30 min, including a 20 min interval.
  • Times
    Evenings: Mon & Tue 6.30pm, Wed – Sat 7.30pm
    Matinees: Wed 1.00pm, Sat 2.00pm
  • Accessibility
    Auslan Interpreted Mon 18 Jul 6.30pm
    Audio Described Sat 30 Jul 2.00pm
  • Play briefing

    Mon 4 Jul 6.00pm

  • Night with the Artists

    Mon 18 Jul 6.30pm

  • Warning

    This show contains strobe lighting, theatrical haze and mature themes, including a reference to abortion.

  • Duration
    2 hrs and 30 min, including a 20 min interval.
  • Times
    Evenings: Mon & Tue 6.30pm, Wed – Sat 7.30pm
    Matinees: Wed 1.00pm, Sat 2.00pm
  • Accessibility
    Auslan Interpreted Mon 18 Jul 6.30pm
    Audio Described Sat 30 Jul 2.00pm
  • Play briefing

    Mon 4 Jul 6.00pm

  • Night with the Artists

    Mon 18 Jul 6.30pm

  • Warning

    This show contains strobe lighting, theatrical haze and mature themes, including a reference to abortion.

Creatives

Writer and Director Wesley Enoch
Composer
John Rodgers
Musical Director
Wayne Freer
Choreographer Yolande Brown
Set and Property Designer Jacob Nash
Costume Designer
Richard Roberts
Lighting Designer
Ben Hughes
Sound/Sound System Designer
Derek Wilson
Assistant Musical Director
Luke Volker
Senior Stage Manager Kat O’Halloran
Deputy Stage Manager Tenneale Rogers
Assistant Stage Manager Katherine Crocker

Cast

Rose Morris Irena Lysiuk
Frank Doyle Marcus Corowa
Aunty Faith Doyle Roxanne McDonald
Reverend Percy Morris
Andrew Buchanan
Pearl Doyle
Naarah
Dave Daylight Beau Dean Riley Smith
Peter Walsh/Doorman/Jimmy Daily
Trent Owers
Mavis Moreton
Zoe Walters
Audrey Martin Jazleen Latrise
Pauly O’Brien Colin Smith
Patti Maguire
Kate Yaxley
Lorry Hocking/Ghost/Bill Harris
Garret Lyon
Offstage Singer
Henry Kafoa

Musician – Bass/Trombone/Euphonium Wayne Freer
Musician – Piano
Stephen Newcomb
Musician – Drums
Katie Randall
Musician – Trumpet /Piano Accordion
Michael Whitaker
Musician – Saxophone
Mika Atkinson

Trailer

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What to expect

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Meet the characters

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The story

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Play Briefing

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Roxanne McDonald's favourite line

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Irena Lysiuk favourite line

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Interview with Wesley Enoch

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Our partners

9 — 30 JUL PLAYHOUSE, QPAC
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