BARBARA AND THE CAMP DOGS

by Alana Valentine, Ursula Yovich

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BARBARA AND THE CAMP DOGS

by Alana Valentine, Ursula Yovich

I want to be extreme
Unreasonably rude
I like to spit and scream
Inappropriately crude
I drink St Agnes Brandy
In a paper cup with ice
And when I’m feeling randy
Don’t expect me to be nice
High maintenance me
Real piece of work you see
A troublesome stunt
instincts of a ….


Wild, unpredictable, and deeply vulnerable, Barbara and her sister René are singing for their lives. Barbara’s been trying to make it in Sydney, but when their mother’s health deteriorates, the sisters embark on a pilgrimage back home to country. Full of painful, unfinished business for Barbara, their return sends her into a downward spiral. Can Barbara find a way to resolve the past in time to preserve love in the only family she has known?

Through music that ranges from punk-inspired explosions of rage, to tender rock and soul ballads full of yearning, Barbara and the Camp Dogs is a gob-spit of fun, frenzy and family that finds beauty in honesty and hope in confronting the past.

This title appears in:

BlakStage: Contemporary Indigenous Australian Plays

Green Room Awards - Best New Writing (2019 winner)

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