NAIDOC week is celebrated in Australia, every year in the first week of July. It is an opportunity to recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Bass Coast Shire is celebrating NAIDOC Week this year by presenting the musical ‘The Sunshine Club’ at Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre. The Sunshine Club is an acclaimed musical written and directed by Wesley Enoch and music by composer John Rodgers.
Wesley is a proud Quandamooka man from Stradbroke Island (Minjeribah) who has directed numerous iconic Indigenous theatre productions and served as the QUT Indigenous Chair of Creative Industries. He has held various artistic director positions, including at Sydney Festival and Ilbijerri Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Theatre Co-operative, and has received recognition for his contributions to the profession, including the Dorothy Crawford Award in 2021.
Set in 1946, the joyful musical The Sunshine Club, tells the story of Frank Doyle, a returning Aboriginal soldier, filled with the desire to create a better world where black and white can dance together.
Based on a true story, The Sunshine Club is a gloriously energetic, thought-provoking and above all entertaining night of theatre.
“The Sunshine Club… signals a brilliant new landmark in Australian musicals… an unashamedly feel-good musical.” – The Australian