Written by Alana Valentine and Ursula Yovich, Barbara and the Camp Dogs is a gritty musical drama about love, home and belonging.
“It’s rock musical but it’s like What Rhymes with Cars and Girls or Once, more like theatre with songs,” says director Letitia Cáceres. “It’s a real celebration of sisterhood too, between women who can be cruel and frank and outrageous with each other.”
Yovich is Barbara, a singer in a rock and roll band. Elaine Crombie plays her sister René. The two actors last sang together on stage in Wesley Enoch’s 1999 musical The Sunshine Club.
“Elaine is a highly respected actor but people might not be aware she has an incredible voice,” Cáceres says. “The two of them together are just unbelievable, the chemistry is fantastic.”
The celebration of sisterhood extends to all aspects of the show. The band is all-female, led by bassist Jessica Dunn. “But we do have a male roadie,” Cáceres says.