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4 – 5 June 2024: THE SUNSHINE CLUB

    The Sunshine Club

    HIT Productions presents
    THE SUNSHINE CLUB
    Written & Directed by Wesley Enoch
    Music by John Rodgers
    8:00pm Tue 4 June 2024
    2.00pm & 8.00pm Wed 5 June 2024
    The Twyford – Theatre venue

    Duration: 2 hours 30 mins including 20 minute interval

    Warnings: This show contains theatrical haze and mature themes including a reference to abortion.

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    Heralded as a “brilliant new landmark in Australian musicals” (The Australian), The Sunshine Club is written and directed by proud Noonuccal Nuugi man Wesley Enoch AM, an acclaimed creative force in Australian Theatre. This energetic and engaging musical play has a variety of music styles, with 28 songs composed by the esteemed John Rodgers.

     

    SYNOPSIS

    The Sunshine Club tells the story of Frank Doyle, an Aboriginal serviceman who has come home from World War II to find that although the wider world may have changed, attitudes back home in Brisbane are just the same. Filled with a defiant energy and ambition for a better life, Frank starts The Sunshine Club, a place where black and white can meet and, most importantly, dance. Here he dreams of a future where he can dance in step with Rose, the girl next door, the girl of his dreams.

    The award-winning Sunshine Club is a thought provoking, vibrant and above all joyful night of theatre and music, featuring a talented cast of 11, including emerging and established First Nations artists, and a 5 piece live band. It is perfect for audiences seeking entertaining, socially relevant work, at a time of heightened social discourse on Indigenous Affairs.

    “The openness and joy radiating from The Sunshine Club is certain to make your spirits soar.” – Sydney Morning Herald

    “An unashamedly feel-good musical.” – The Australian

    “The story is told in the genre of a musical, suiting the dance club theme but giving it another layer
    of complexity… the song and dance delivery around intertwining love stories makes for a compelling
    story of humanity, hope and despair. Enoch directs with finesse and sensitivity.” – Arts Hub

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

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    This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body.

    Merimbula performances are supported by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative