Ursula Yovich co-writes and stars in a brand new show tackling issues of diversity in the arts. Make sure you see Belvoir St Theatre's Barbara and the Camp Dogs
A brand new and bold production is hitting Sydney's renowned Belvoir St Theatre. Barbra and the Camp Dogs is the compelling title of the fresh new musical co-written by Helpmann award winning actress Ursula Yovich. Yovich teamed up with internationally acclaimed playwright Alana Valentine, producer Vicki Gordon and director Leticia Caceres (The Drover's Wife) to create what promises to bring 2017 to an end with a bang.
Barbara and the Camp Dogs is a story that Yovich says is incredibly close to home. Two sisters who are living in Sydney trying to make it in the music industry, find themselves on a journey back to their home country when their mother falls ill. The pilgrimage uncovers the emotions and unresolved issues of Barbara's desire and need to come to terms with her family, her home and herself.
Yovich says that her feisty character Barbara was, "inspired by the women I’ve worked with over the years. Many of whom have this wildness and a fight I just don’t see in the fellas often enough. It’s difficult being a woman on the cusp of 40. You start to become invisible. How do you navigate the later years of your career as a woman in this industry?”
Featuring original songs written by Yovich, along with fellow actors and musicians Elaine Crombie (Top of the Lake: China Girl) and Western GuGuYelanji songman Troy Brady, Barbara and the Camp Dogs is a rock musical that is bound to make you feel all the feelings - from fun to fury, and everything in between.
Yovich has collaborated with local musicians to form a theatrical all-girl band who will perform live on stage, and transform Belvoir into one of Sydney’s legendary live music venues designed by acclaimed set designer Stephen Curtis (The Drover’s Wife).
Belvoir Artistic Director Eamon Flack says, “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”.
Barbara and the Camp Doges runs from 2 - 23 December 2017 at Belvoir St Theatre. Tickets here