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Every cloud has a silver lining
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.
“The huge heart inside this musical will burst onto the stage reminding us all that resilience is made up of generosity, community, laughter and love. This will be a celebration of great talent, great ambition and the power of music and dance to bring us all together.” Lee Lewis, Queensland Theatre Artistic Director
“An unashamedly feel-good musical.” The Australian
“The openness and joy radiating from The Sunshine Club is certain to make your spirits soar.” Sydney Morning Herald
Book and Lyrics by Wesley Enoch
Music by John Rodgers
Directed by Wesley Enoch
Musical Director Wayne Freer
Costume Designer Richard Roberts
Choreographer Yolande Brown
Set Designer Jacob Nash
Lighting Designer Ben Hughes
Sound Designer Derek Wilson
Queensland Theatre is generously supported by the Landmark Productions Fund and Production Partner Ergon Network and Energex, part of Energy Queensland.
QPAC is proudly supported by Principal Partner MinterEllison.
This play contains mature themes, including a reference to abortion.
Recommended for ages 15 and over.
Connecting safely at QPAC
QPAC is operating at 100% capacity. Masks are strongly recommended for all patrons in our foyers and theatres. Please bring your own mask with you. Find out more
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