Advertised as 'a merry melange of fun and melody,' The Sparklers concerns diamond thieves, French police, customs officials, sailors, a millionaire and his valet (played by George Wallace), and assorted passengers. The Brisbane Courier further notes that 'the story, tinged with tragedy, is woven around the attempts of a crook and his accomplice to rob a millionaire artist of jewels worth thousands of pounds' (7 December 1925, p.11).
In reviewing the 1930 Tivoli production, the Age theatre critic records:
As the title implies diamonds, a plot to obtain the collection of diamonds of Mr Denver, the millionaire artist, is the basis of the revue. A prince who had witnessed an attempt on the life of a man in the street by a man and woman is subsequently approached by this pair to secure the diamonds under the pressure that they will inform the police that he committed the crime. It is developed on board a liner bound for America. The plot is quietly communicated to the millionaire by Wallace's character (invariably described as the nuisance) who has been approached to reveal the safe. Then he discloses the plot and the prince is charged by his accomplices with the supposed murder. But Wallace was the victim of the attack. The conspiracy in France, the voyage across the Atlantic, the scene at the New York custom's office, and in the studio, where Wallace shows his versatility as a sketch artist, give him plenty of scope to indulge his brimming humour and wit. There are many entertaining musical numbers, but the diversified items of Maida Jones, as a violinist, dancer and vocalist are outstanding (20 January 1930, p.11).
1925: Empire Theatre, Brisbane, 5-11 December (return season: 20-26 February 1926).
1926: Empire Theatre, Brisbane, 20-26 February.
1926: Bijou Theatre, Melbourne, 18-24 December.
1928: Bijou Theatre, Melbourne, 13-19 October.
1930: Tivoli Theatre, Melbourne, 18-24 January.