About

WORLD PREMIERE

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. 

Cast

Troy Brady
Elaine Crombie
Ursula Yovich

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

Team

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)

Prices

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.

Reviews

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

Sponsors & Partners

On Stage Seating

To bring Barbara and the Camp Dogs to life, we’re transforming Belvoir into one of Sydney’s iconic pub rock venues – and we’d love audiences to watch the show from the comfort of a couch, table or bar stool on stage. Immerse yourself in the full rock gig experience – and witness Ursula Yovich, Elaine Crombie and their band unleash their extraordinary musical talents from your seat on stage.

SEATING OPTIONS AND TICKET PRICES

Patrons sitting on stage will enjoy reduced ticket prices.

Couches and Tables

Seating on stage will include a mixture of couches and chairs at tables. All tickets are general admission and there are no guarantees on which type of seat you receive. Patrons are seated on a first-come, first-served basis – our friendly ushers will be on hand to assist. Full price tickets for this option are $54 and concession are $44.

Bar Stools

Patrons can also choose to sit on bar stools seated at high tables for a heavily discounted price. These seats are located closest to the band. All stools are general admission and cost $30. Please note: all stools are cushioned and have a back.

To buy on stage tickets, please follow the regular purchase pathway. You’ll have the opportunity to select on stage seating when you’re presented with the seating map in the purchase pathway.

IMPORTANT DETAILS

Length of time

Patrons will be seated on stage for the entire run of the performance, which is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, without an interval.

Sound & lights

On stage patrons will experience loud music, bright lights and potentially disorientating theatrical effects. Please keep this in mind before purchasing on stage seating.

Cloak your stuff

We recommend you cloak your personal belongings at box office before the show commences. Bags and jackets will not be permitted on stage.

Access

If you have queries about accessibility and sitting on stage, please contact Box Office on (02) 9699 3444.

Belvoir Staff

Belvoir staff will be on hand to direct you to your seat on stage and answer your questions.

Trailer

Podcast

Co-writers Alana Valentine and Ursula Yovich, and actor Elaine Crombie discuss the big themes and issues in this powerful new Australian work, and what inspired its creation.