18-26 February 2022
21 days from now
From the company that brought you Being Sellers, Dali: Hallucinogenic Toreador, Human Resources and Shakespeare’s Fools. Stray Dogs Theatre Co
Creatives in a regional conservatorium take on their tone-deaf leaders in a bid to save music.

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Creativity by Carl Caulfield
Presented by Stray Dogs Theatre Co

A satire for the zeitgeist as creatives in a regional conservatorium take on their tone-deaf leaders in a bid to save music.  

A recent purge of academics and courses at a Conservatorium of Music at a regional university has left the remaining staff and their students demoralised, their only life raft the joy they find in making music. Dr Richard Fenchurch lecturer, conductor and Mozart scholar, reluctantly agrees to lead the Conservatorium through the maelstrom, following the mysterious departure of the Head of Music.  

Fenchurch finds himself caught between the smooth-talking PVC Professor Graham Gombold with his promises of musical manna, and his mutinous colleagues, led by Dr Lucy Golding, who are firmly against any further cuts or changes to the curriculum. 

Creativity, a play with music, is another hard-hitting satire from Newcastle playwright Carl Caulfield exploring not just the crisis facing the humanities in our universities but the existential threat facing the Arts in general.  

It’s a timely, funny, provocative and moving celebration of the transformative power of music from the company that brought you Being Sellers, Dali: Hallucinogenic Toreador, Human Resources and Shakespeare’s Fools. 

2hrs inc interval 
Suitable for ages 15+ 


  • Director - Carl Caulfield
  • Music Director - Ian Cook
  • Production Manager - Felicity Biggins
  • Video/Props - Geoff Overmyer
  • Lighting - Andrew Moore
  • Sound - Simon Ritchie
  • Costumes - Ghillian Sullivan
  • Poster Art - Ari Chand
  • Cast - DR RICHARD FENCHURCH - Mick Byrne
  • DR LUCY GOLDING - Lou Chapman
  • VANESSA - Anne Hartsuyker
  • RON WALTERS - John Schultz
  • MARION PEARCE - Claire Conry
  • SALLY SWAINES/AIYOKO - Melinda Smith
  • ABIGAIL FREAL - Fiona Collins
  • JANET GOLDING - Nola Wallace

Presented by

Stray Dogs Theatre Co
Catfish Foundation


  • Friday 18 February 2022 8:00 PM
  • Saturday 19 February 2022 2:00 PM
    8:00 PM
  • Tuesday 22 February 2022 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday 23 February 2022 8:00 PM
  • Thursday 24 February 2022 8:00 PM
  • Friday 25 February 2022 8:00 PM
  • Saturday 26 February 2022 2:00 PM
    8:00 PM

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  • Adult $50
  • Subcriber $42
  • Concession/Group 6+ $44
  • Youth (15-21) $35


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