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Vanessa Badham Vanessa Badham i(A7111 works by) (a.k.a. Van Badham)
Born: Established: 1978 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
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1 form y separately published work icon Winter Coat Vanessa Badham , Australia : ABC Radio National , 2021 23337101 2021 single work radio play
1 Animal Farm Vanessa Badham , 2020 single work drama

'Manor Farm is in a state of rebellion as a gang of pigs unite to overthrow their cruel human oppressor.

'Written in the 1940s by George Orwell as a response to the rise of authoritarian governments, Animal Farm is a timeless examination of extremist rule. This new adaptation continues to caution with the universal message that power can corrupt – and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

'Adapted by political powerhouse Van Badham (Banging Denmark, Q&A, The Drum and writer at The Guardian), this high-octane three-hander features a cast of stellar comedians, improvisers and storytellers. They bring to life a farmyard of characters including the hardworking Boxer and power-hungry Napoleon. This is a biting political satire that will make you grunt.'

Source: Black Swan Theatre Company.

1 The Cowboy Who Could Not See the Colour Black Vanessa Badham , 2019 single work
— Appears in: FourW New Writing , no. 30 2019; (p. 5-10)
1 1 y separately published work icon Banging Denmark Vanessa Badham , Kensington : NewSouth Publishing , 2019 16673397 2019 single work drama

'Ish Madigan is a feminist academic writing a thesis on computer games. Jake Newhouse is a full-time management consultant and part-time pickup artist. They’re not exactly best friends.

'But when Jake’s latest crush – a brilliant Danish librarian – doesn’t respond to his usual seduction techniques, he knows he needs help. Jake asks Ish to coach him in feminist-friendly flirtation. He’ll pay. And Ish needs the money.

'So, what’s stopping her? Oh, you know, just ethics, morals and every fibre of her being.

'From the pen of Australian playwright and social commentator Van Badham comes this hilariously explicit new comedy. Banging Denmark is a swinging satire on the men who claim to understand the ‘female mind’ and the online culture that inspires them.'

Source: Sydney Theatre Company.

1 Countdown Vanessa Badham , 2017 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Unbreakable : Women Share Stories of Resilience and Hope 2017; (p. 109-133)
1 y separately published work icon Muff [and] MinusOneSister [and] SHIT Vanessa Badham , Anna Barnes , Patricia Cornelius , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2017 11074705 2017 selected work drama

'Three confronting and provocative plays about women. Muff by Van Badham – Winner of the 2014 NSW Premiers Award, the Nick Enright Award for Playwriting, Muff explores women, sex and relationships; a horrific, random rape of a young woman and the threads from this event that continue to wrap and bind their way into lives years after the physical injuries have healed. MinusOneSister by Anna Barnes – Sophocles & Electra is furiously wrenched into the present and told from the point of view of the teenagers. Eternal obsessions mingle with the obsessions of our times, bloodshed goes hand in hand with Bacardi Breezers and Facebook, and a chilling portrait emerges of a family irreversibly shattered by grief and guilt. SHIT by Patricia Cornelius – SHIT takes us into the world of three women – Billy, Bobby and Sam – three women from a violent, impoverished underclass who have landed in prison together after a vicious incident. These are the underbelly of womenhood we as a society so rarely want to admit exist.

1 Melbourne Theatre Productions Show the Difference 40 Years of Feminism Make Vanessa Badham , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 7 July 2016;

— Review of Double Indemnity Tom Holloway , 2016 single work drama
'Double Indemnity offers female archetypes, Trilogy is a feminist masterwork and Quippings has been called ‘crip burlesque’ ...'
1 'A State of Desperation’ : Battlers of the Arts Reflect on Australia Council Furore Vanessa Badham , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 23 May 2016;
'In the lives of all artists, it’s these moments of engagement with the structures of artistic progress that are not only the most memorable but the most crucial. The events of this week have forced a similar recognition in the Australian arts community. The sector is reeling from “Black Friday” – the day last week when the Turnbull government cuts to the arts finally swung as an axe and felled funding to 62 formerly funded companies. Express Media, the publishers of Voiceworks, was one of those hit. '
1 Picnic at Hanging Rock Review – Vanishing Schoolgirls Haunt a New Generation Vanessa Badham , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 3 March 2016;

— Review of Picnic at Hanging Rock Tom Wright , 2016 single work drama
1 The Blazer Vanessa Badham , 2016 single work autobiography
— Appears in: From the Outer : Footy Like You've Never Heard It 2016;
1 We All Make Mistakes : Critics Own up to Their Biggest Gaffes Steph Harmon , Vanessa Badham , Andrew Stafford , Elle Hunt , Andrew Frost , Clem Bastow , Marcus Teague , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 24 October 2016;
1 Australian Theatre 2017 Previewed: the Pick of the Season's Crop Vanessa Badham , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 30 September 2016;
1 Metafiction : A Fissure of Light Vanessa Badham , 2015 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Fury : Women Write About Sex, Power and Violence 2015; (p. 13-36)
1 The Rabbits Review – Triumphant Adaptation of a Deeply Tragic Story Vanessa Badham , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 18 February 2015;

— Review of The Rabbits Lally Katz , 2015 single work drama
1 Hipbone Sticking Out Review – a Tale of Two Cultures, a Play of Two Halves Vanessa Badham , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 19 October 2014;

— Review of Hipbone Sticking Out Scott Rankin , Big hArt , 2013 single work drama
1 Australian Comedy A-Z : D is for Doreen, Dusty Ballads and D Generation Vanessa Badham , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 27 March 2014;
1 Vassilissa Vanessa Badham , 2014 single work prose
— Appears in: Offset , no. 14 2014;
1 5 y separately published work icon The Bull, The Moon and the Coronet of Stars Vanessa Badham , 2013 Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2013 5989749 2013 single work drama

'Alone in the museum, in the dark, Marion unravels a ball of string so Michael can venture into a mystery. In recent weeks, strange stirrings have haunted the ancient relics and rumours of a monster abound. Michael finds his way back to her and to an impossible situation.

'Marion flees and finds herself the prim centre of an over-sexed septuagenarian art group at a seaside resort. Here, Marion is infuriated by Mark, a wayward sommelier with an eye for the ladies, determined to disrupt her lessons and her life.

'Whimsical, sensual and charmingly humorous, 'The Bull, the Moon and the Coronet of Stars' is a love story of mythic proportions. It will lure you into an orgy of antiquity, cupcakes and beachside frivolity.

'Award-winning playwright Van Badham is joined by Griffin Associate Director Lee Lewis ('Silent Disco', 'A Hoax') for this delightfully debaucherous fairytale for adults.'

Source: Griffin Theatre Company.

1 It's Not You, It's Us (On Eating Biscuits) Vanessa Badham , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Emerging Writer : An Insider's Guide to Your Writing Journey 2012; (p. 35-39)
1 y separately published work icon Swamplands Vanessa Badham , 2010 Hobart : Australian Script Centre , 2011 Z1800264 2010 single work drama 'The Diplomat, the Spy, the CIA, Rudyard Kipling, Lord Byron, Dick Cheney (a 10 foot lizard) and 32 other characters defend and patrol, confuse and concuss the US, the middle east and the rest of the world in a boiling vortex of subterfuge, paranoia, incompetence and international intrigue. This wild and furious play - it's stylish, surreal, funny and alarming in equal measure - gets its teeth into the intelligence that lead to the war in Iraq asking tough questions about politics, accountability and the human cost of the war on terror.'

Source: Australian Plays website,
Sighted: 23/08/2011