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. 

Starring Michael Byrne, Lou Chapman, Khalil Khay, Melinda Smith, Nola Wallace, Fiona Collins, Ann Hartsuker and Claire Conry. Musical direction from Ian Cook, lighting by Andrew Moore, costumes Ghillian Sullivan, sound Simon Ritchie and properties and video Geoff Overmeyer. 


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Carl Caulfield is a playwright and dramaturg.

Stray Dogs works with local artists and has produced a new Caulfield work nearly every year since 1994.



Stray Dogs Theatre Company is resident in Newcastle, NSW, Australia.

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