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

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
Images: Pia Johnson

Partners

BY /

Ursula Yovich, Alana Valentine

DIRECTION /

Leticia Cáceres

CAST / 

Troy Brady, Elaine Crombie, Ursula Yovic

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

Event & ticketing details

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access
Tactile Tour

Dates & Times

PREVIEW 7.30pm, Thu 7 Feb
OPENING NIGHT 7.30pm, Fri 8 Feb
TIME TO TALK 6.30pm, Tue 12 Feb
TACTILE TOUR 7.30pm, Fri 15 Feb

Location

Merlyn Theatre

Malthouse Theatre, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

Get directions

Train

Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.

Tram

The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.

Event notes

DURATION /

1 hour 50 minutes 

WARNINGS /

Contains adult themes, strong coarse language and haze.