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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]

“When it comes to Reconciliation the first thing that everyone should do is see Wesley Enoch’s classic musical play The Sunshine Club which is maroon magic.” The Courier Mail

“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
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

CAST
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
Henry Kafoa Offstage Singer

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

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.

Queensland Theatre 2022 Season Tickets are now available to purchase.
  • WARNING:

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

  • AGE RECOMMENDATION:

    Recommended for ages 15 and over.

  • Connecting safely at QPAC

    QPAC is operating at 100% capacity. Face masks are a requirement of entry at QPAC and must be worn in foyers and theatres (including during performances). Please bring your own mask with you to the theatre. Find out more

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Presented by Queensland Theatre and QPAC



Pricing Guide

PREVIEW PERFORMANCES i ADULT $68 SENIOR^ $68 CONCESSION^^ $68 YOUTH^^^ $45
WEEKNIGHTS i PREMIUM ADULT $105 SENIOR^ $95 CONCESSION^^ $95 A-RESERVE ADULT $89 SENIOR^ $79 CONCESSION^^ $79 B-RESERVE ADULT $75 SENIOR^ $68 CONCESSION^^ $68 YOUTH^^^ $45
WEEKENDS i PREMIUM ADULT $115 SENIOR^ $105 CONCESSION^^ $105 A-RESERVE ADULT $99 SENIOR^ $89 CONCESSION^^ $89 B-RESERVE ADULT $85 SENIOR^ $78 CONCESSION^^ $78 YOUTH^^^ $45
PREVIEW PERFORMANCES i A-RESERVE $68
WEEKNIGHTS i PREMIUM ADULT $75 EXTRA TEACHER $105 A-RESERVE ADULT $75 EXTRA TEACHER $89 B-RESERVE ADULT $68 EXTRA TEACHER $75
WEEKENDS i PREMIUM ADULT $75 EXTRA TEACHER $115 A-RESERVE ADULT $75 EXTRA TEACHER $99 B-RESERVE ADULT $68 EXTRA TEACHER $85
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PREVIEW PERFORMANCES i A-RESERVE $30
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People

Irena Lysiuk
Rose Morris

Roxanne McDonald
Aunty Faith

Beau Dean Riley Smith
Dave Daylight

Trent Owers
Peter Walsh

Naarah
Pearl Doyle

Andrew Buchanan
Reverend Morris

Kate Yaxley
Patty McGuire

Garret Lyon
Ensemble

Zoe Walters
Ensemble

Jazleen Latrise
Ensemble

Henry Kafoa
Offstage Singer

Marcus Corowa
Frank Doyle