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The Sunshine Club

On July 13, HIT Productions’ The Sunshine Club will light up the stage at the Burdekin Theatre.

Written and directed by Wesley Enoch and showcasing music by John Rodgers, The Sunshine Club is a vibrant, energetic, and thought-provoking musical set in 1946, telling the story of Aboriginal soldier, Frank Doyle as he returns home to Brisbane after serving in World War II. The musical follows Frank and his strong, ambitious desires to transform the attitudes and prejudices within his home as he establishes The Sunshine Club. The Sunshine Club is a hopeful place where people are welcome to gather to indulge in laughter, romance, and music as they dance the night away. Whilst working to change society for the better, Frank also sets out to win the heart of the girl next door, Rose, the girl of his dreams.

The Sunshine Club has been celebrated by The Australian as a “brilliant new landmark in Australian musicals”, and the award-winning production creates a joyful atmosphere for a vibrant night of theatre with the talents of 11 cast members, including emerging and established First Nations artists on show. 28 music pieces composed by the esteemed and celebrated John Rodgers will be performed by a 5-piece live band for audiences to enjoy, and writer and director, Wesley Enoch, believes the production communicates many valuable messages through song and dance.

Wesley Enoch has been described as an acclaimed creative force in Australian Theatre, and his production, The Sunshine Club, showcases his energetic and engaging writing and directing style. Wesley believes his production hosts a space where audiences can gather to form cultural connections and celebrate Australian history whilst acknowledging the need for Reconciliation in Australia’s future.

“I initially wrote this as a way of bringing people together, especially in the Reconciliation Movement, and this notion of black and white dancing together and the stories of our history, especially post World War II, and for me, seeing this play is about celebrating the idea of coming together,” explained Wesley.

“It’s also the idea of how plays can keep talking to their audiences year after year and in some ways creating classic stories through musical theatre is both an invitation for the audience to sit together, black and white, and also as a way of celebrating more Indigenous writing and Indigenous stories.”

Enjoy an extraordinary night of entertainment and purchase your tickets to The Sunshine Club for the July 13 at The Burdekin Theatre now from Tickets.BurdekinTheatre.Com.Au or at the Burdekin Theatre’s Box Office.

WHEN: The Sunshine Club
WHEN: 13 July 2024
WHERE: The Burdekin Theatre

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