Meet Barbara and her band the Camp Dogs. Barbara’s been trying to make it in Sydney, but this is a tough town for musicians. In all the relentless demands of city life, where’s the sense of belonging she craves? It’s time to hit the road with her cousin René.

Written by and starring the extraordinary Ursula Yovich as Barbara, Barbara and the Camp Dogs is a rock-gig featuring original new songs about love and home.

I heard Ursula sing these songs about three years ago. I get to see some fabulous things in my job but this was really electrifying. Urs doesn’t just have an incredible voice, she’s taken the idea of black rage and sung it out – and it’s so bold, so theatrical, so joyful. It’s Rock ‘n’ Roll, it’s politics and it’s very moving. – Eamon

Produced in association with Vicki Gordon Music Productions Pty Ltd

Indigenous theatre at Belvoir supported by The Balnaves Foundation

Warning: Strong coarse language, adult themes and haze. 


Troy Brady
Elaine Crombie
Ursula Yovich

Jessica Dunn
(Musical Director & Bass Guitar)
Michelle Vincent
Debbie Yap


Writers Ursula Yovich & Alana Valentine
Director Leticia Cáceres
Songs by Alana Valentine, Ursula Yovich & Adm Ventoura*
Set Designer Stephen Curtis
Costume Designer Chloe Greaves
Lighting Designer Karen Norris
Sound Designer Steve Toulmin
Musical Rehearsal Director Adm Ventoura
Stage Manager Luke McGettigan
Assistant Stage Manager Cecilia Nelson
Rehearsal Stage Manager Brooke Kiss
Rehearsal Assistant Stage Manager Bronte Axam
Directorial Secondment Riley Spadaro

*Vicki Gordon also contributed music to ‘Tick Sista’

Performance Times

Tuesdays & Wednesdays 6.30pm
Thursday & Friday 8pm
(Please note the performance on Friday 22 December will take place at 8:30pm)
Saturday 2pm & 8pm
Sunday 5pm

Previews (bookable)
8pm, 2 December
6.30pm, 3 December
8pm, 5 December

Opening Night (invitation only)
8pm, 6 December

Unwaged Performance
11.30am, 13 December
Please note: due to unforeseen circumstances, the unwaged performance for Barbara and the Camp Dogs has shifted from 21 December to 13 December. The box office will be open from 9.30am.

Running Time
Approx 1 hour & 30 mins (no interval)


Please find ticket prices below. There is also the option to sit on stage for Barbara and the Camp Dogs for a reduced price. Please find ticket prices for on stage seating here.

 Ticket Type Upstairs
Full Price $72
Subscriber Discount Rate $67
Seniors*/Industry**/Groups (10 or more) $62
Concession† $49
30-Down# $47
Previews $40
Student Saver# $37

† Concession prices are available with a full-time Australian student card, all Centrelink Pensioner concession cards and Veteran Affairs’ cards.
** Industry prices are available to members of Actors Equity (MEAA), AACTA, ASMA, ASDA, ARDA, AFTT, Australian Academy of Dramatic Arts, Actors Centre, Performance Space, Australian Writers’ Guild, Artshub and the NSW Writers’ Centre.
# 30-Down and Student Saver prices are available for Previews, Wednesday evening, Thursday evening, Friday evening, Saturday matinee, Saturday evening.

Full ticket terms and conditions can be found on the Ticket Prices page.


This is a wonderfully stirring show, funny and moving. It enriches the heart.

John McCallum | The Australian

Barbara and the Camp Dogs is a rare piece, one that slaps you in the face then brings you to your feet. Powerful stuff. ★★★★

Jason Blake | Audrey

A soul ripping performance that absolutely shreds.

Judith Greenaway | Sydney Arts Guide

A torch…that will light the path to reconciliation.

John Shand | Sydney Morning Herald

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