Sons of Sun – the Sam Phillips Story is a rock and roll play about Sun Records, Memphis, and the artists that started their careers there.

Told through the character of its founder Sam Phillips, his assistant Marion Keisker, and the famous musicians that Sam recorded, the show features a three piece live band fronted by John Kennedy, performing thirty-five songs from Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and many more.

The tenacious Sam Phillips is played by prolific Sydney actor, Matt Charleston, with co-stars Victoria Beck and Ben Maclaine taking on multiple roles from Sam’s assistant Marion Keisker to Howlin’ Wolf.

Sydney musician John Kennedy, of Love Gone Wrong fame began developing the Sons of Sun idea in 2011 with the release of his Sons of Sun Vol 1 CD.

Award winning Melbourne playwright Kieran Carroll (The Giraffe’s Uncle, 3XY OR I DIE!) has written an accompanying script to Kennedy’s beautiful renditions. Internationally renowned director, Neil Gooding (Breast Wishes, Holding The Man, Gutenberg the Musical) seamlessly blends the narratives and songs to produce a compelling, original and heartbreaking blend of rock’n’roll theatre.


Written by Kieran Carroll from an original idea by John Kennedy
Directed by Neil Gooding
Starring Matthew Charleston, Victoria Beck and Ben Maclaine
Music performed by John Kennedy, Steve Broughton and Murray Cook


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