Barbara and
the Camp Dogs

By Ursula Yovich & Alana Valentine
Director Leticia Cáceres

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 2 – 23 December 2017
  • Duration Approx 1 hour & 30 mins (no interval)


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. 


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’


Troy Brady
Elaine Crombie
Ursula Yovich

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

Production images by Brett Boardman
Rehearsal images by Brett Boardman
  • 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.


    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.


    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.


    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.

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