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Barbara and The Camp Dogs

5 - 8 Jun

A rock’n’roll family reunion that will break your heart and fill it with songs.

By Ursula Yovich and Alana Valentine

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

When her sister (and fellow muso) René hears that Mum is sick, they set out on a long and winding motorbike adventure from Sydney, through Darwin, and finally to Katherine – where the pair come face to face with some
home truths.

Ursula Yovich (Diving for Pearls and ABC TV’s Redfern Now) is a force of nature at her remarkable best. The singer, actor, writer and modern songwoman is joined by Elaine Crombie (ABC TV’s Black Comedy and Rosehaven) in this fiercely entertaining, critically acclaimed play that is part madcap buddy comedy, part electrifying rock gig, and part clarion call against the taint of inequality.

Co-authored by prolific playwright Alana Valentine (Dead Man Brake, Letters to Lindy), this effervescent play with songs sold out its original season at Belvoir, and will charm the pants off Wollongong.

Please note: A lock-out applies for this event. Patrons arriving 10 minutes after the show commences will not be allowed entry into the performance. Please ensure that you arrive at the venue prior to the advertised start time to avoid disappointment. If you are experiencing delays, please call the Box Office on 4224 5999.


  • 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
  • The music is incredible...a show with enough bangers for two musicals. - The Age
  • This is a wonderfully stirring show, funny and moving. It enriches the heart. - The Australian

Cast & Creative Team

Written by Ursula Yovich & Alana Valentine
Directed by 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
Cast Troy Brady , Elaine Crombie, Ursula Yovich
Musicians Sorcha Albuquerque, Jessica Dunn, Michelle Vincent
Photos by Daniel Boud

Pre-Show Dining Packages

$25 Pre-Show Dining Packages

Pre-book a meal and drink at The Social when you book your tickets!

For only $25 pp. our great value Pre-Show Dining Packages feature a regularly updated menu of three delicious à la carte options, served with a house drink of your choice. Menus are updated regularly, and will always include at least one vegetarian and one gluten-free option.

Sample menu

Click here for full terms and conditions.


Merrigong Talking Point

Join us for a free foyer discussion about the present and future of First Nations music in Australia.

Full details here.


Purchase the CD

Purchase the Barbara and the Camp Dogs official soundtrack CD by contacting Vicki Gordon Productions –

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