Barbara And The Camp Dogs could be on its way to becoming one of Australia’s most important performance pieces.
The young theatre show has so far received a standing ovation at every single performance – no small feat for a world premiere, though perhaps not surprising given the talent behind it all.
Co-written by legendary indigenous singer and performer Ursula Yovich, and multiple award-winning playwright Alana Valentine, the play is a powerful story about relationships and rock ‘n’ roll, personified by a visceral cast, which features an all-female rock band.
The story is an emotional rollercoaster, buttressed by no less than sixteen powerful songs. Valentine says critics agree that because Yovich co-wrote both the play and the music, her embodiment of the material takes her into a “stratosphere of performance never seen before.”
Yovich has an impressive list of credits to her name, including a Helpmann Award for the play Capricornia, appearing in The Sapphires, and nominations for various other acting awards alongside the likes of Cate Blanchett.
“Ursula should be one of this country’s most important theatrical treasures. I think this show is going to put her right up there again,” Valentine told City Hub.
Until Dec 23. Upstair Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre. 18 & 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills. $37-$72. Tickets & Info: www.belvoir.com.au
By Alex Eugene.