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  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre, Cabaret

  • PLAYING /

    7 Feb – 3 Mar

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

  • DURATION /

    1 hour 50 mins

  • WARNINGS /

    Contains adult themes, strong coarse language and haze.

  • AGES /

    Recommended for audiences aged 12+. 

  • ON STAGE SEATING /

    Limited seats will be available to watch the show from the comfort of a couch, table or bar stool on the Merlyn Theatre stage. Please note that these seats will be available as General Admission only.

  • TRIGGERING CONTENT /

    To discuss potentially triggering content please contact Malthouse Theatre’s Box Office or speak with a member of staff.

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Season 2019

Barbara and the Camp Dogs

7 Feb – 3 Mar 2019

Single tickets on sale now. Book a Season Pass and receive great savings and a wealth of benefits.

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Information

  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre, Cabaret

  • PLAYING /

    7 Feb – 3 Mar

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

  • DURATION /

    1 hour 50 mins

  • WARNINGS /

    Contains adult themes, strong coarse language and haze.

  • AGES /

    Recommended for audiences aged 12+. 

  • ON STAGE SEATING /

    Limited seats will be available to watch the show from the comfort of a couch, table or bar stool on the Merlyn Theatre stage. Please note that these seats will be available as General Admission only.

  • TRIGGERING CONTENT /

    To discuss potentially triggering content please contact Malthouse Theatre’s Box Office or speak with a member of staff.

  • Download / Program

ROAR IN ON A MOTORBIKE, PULL UP A SEAT AT THE BAR AND SETTLE IN FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE ROCK MUSICAL.

Barbara fronts a pub rock band, captivating crowds with cutting wit, diabolical rage and unrepentant sexuality. She may be fun, she may be dangerous, and she may be speeding headlong towards a dead end.

Rene, her cousin, hears that Mum is sick. So, they set out on a wrenching road trip to reconnect with their disconnected family. The roar of motorbikes and growling dialogue are intercut with guitar-driven arias.

Malthouse Theatre’s Merlyn stage is made over into a sticky-carpet band venue—a transformation that will see some lucky audience members seated up-close and a part of the action with Barbara and the band. There, Ursula Yovich (Heart is a Wasteland) and Elaine Crombie (Blaque Showgirls) are rocking out again after a sell-out season in Sydney. Their powerful vocals are accompanied, live, by an all-female three-piece outfit.

So, take a stool at the bar and amp up for a noisy night with Barbara and the Camp Dogs.

★★★★ ½ a show that takes the ground from under you, even as it entertains the hell out of you. 

– The Age

★★★★ starts with a chuckle and barrels into a roar.

– Time Out

★★★★ deeply funny and deeply moving. 

– ArtsHub

I think I've already seen the show of the year. 

– Witness
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BY / Ursula Yovich, Alana Valentine
DIRECTION / Leticia Cáceres
CAST / Troy Brady, Elaine Crombie, Ursula Yovich
SONGS BY / Alana Valentine, Ursula Yovich, Adm Ventoura
SET DESIGN / Stephen Curtis
COSTUME DESIGN / Chloe Greaves
LIGHTING DESIGN / Karen Norris
SOUND DESIGN / Steve Toulmin

MUSICIANS / Sorcha Albuquerque, Jessica Dunn, Michelle Vincent
STAGE MANAGER / Khym Scott
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER / Cecilia Nelson

Presented in association with Vicki Gordon Music Productions.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES 

PREVIEWS
 7.30pm, Thursday 7 February 

OPENING NIGHT 
7.30pm, Friday 8 February 

TIME TO TALK 
6.30pm, Tuesday 12 February 

TACTILE TOUR 
7.30pm, Friday 15 February 

PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

Malthouse Theatre presents a Belvoir production. Barbara and the Camp Dogs had its World Premiere at Belvoir in December 2017. Indigenous Theatre at Belvoir is supported by The Balnaves Foundation. Barbara and the Camp Dogs was co-commissioned by Vicki Gordon Music Productions.

Proudly supported by Art Series Hotels.

Key image: Brett Boardman