8-16 July 2022
13 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 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 an Australian 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+ 
All original tickets are valid at the new dates. Refunds are now closed. Please see table below:

Original Show Dates/Times New Show Dates/Times
Friday 18 February 2022, 8pm Friday 8 July 2022, 8pm
Saturday 19 February 2022, 2pm Saturday 9 July 2022, 2pm
Saturday 19 February 2022, 8pm Saturday 9 July 2022, 8pm
Tuesday 22 February 2022, 8pm Tuesday 12 July 2022, 8pm
Wednesday 23 February 2022, 8pm Wednesday 13 July 2022, 8pm
Thursday 24 February 2022, 8pm Thursday 14 July 2022, 8pm
Friday 25 February 2022, 8pm Friday 15 July 2022, 8pm
Saturday 26 February 2022, 2pm Saturday 16 July 2022, 2pm
Saturday 26 February 2022, 8pm Saturday 16 July 2022, 8pm


  • 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 - Jeffrey Cutts
  • 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 08 July 2022 8:00 PM
  • Saturday 09 July 2022 2:00 PM
    8:00 PM
  • Tuesday 12 July 2022 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday 13 July 2022 8:00 PM
  • Thursday 14 July 2022 8:00 PM
  • Friday 15 July 2022 8:00 PM
  • Saturday 16 July 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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