Vanessa Badham i(43 works by) (a.k.a. Van Badham)
Born: Established: 1978 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
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Vanessa Badham has worked as 'an art gallery attendant, principal boy, pole-juggler, transcriptionist, speaking coach, accounts clerk, comic-book writer, dancing fairy and President of the National Union of Students. None of these jobs have qualified her for a career in retail, but they have all contributed to the black and malevolent humour of her dramatic work.' Badham's plays have been performed throughout Australia and in the UK and range in theme across a variety of political and social issues.

Badham has been playwright-in-residence with Company Theatre Physical and with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She has also taught creative writing at the University of Wollongong.

(Source: Webs We Weave website,

Awards for Works

Swamplands , 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
2011 shortlisted Asher Literary Award
The Gabriels , 2006 single work drama 'Lisa 'Bonnet' Nolan, is a cult comic writer. Her work's a mixture of future sci-fi and alternative lesbian graphic novels. She and her partner Jane have teamed up with a couple, Jerry and Allen, to parent a desperately wanted child through IVF. In her latest comic she's exploring a dreaded future of embryonic experiments, unstable genetic creations and the human products of ethical dispute. A Christian fundamentalist government has been elected, laboratories have been raided and scientific research has been shut down. The watchful gaze of an authoritarian state patrols everything from explicit literature to sexual behaviour but their puritanical society can't hide its genetic secrets forever. Meanwhile in Lisa's kitchen, her son from her previous marriage, has just arrived to visit with his profoundly Christian new girlfriend...' Source: (Sighted 24/08/2006)
2006 shortlisted Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Best Drama Script (Stage)
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