Wonderbabes is a site based, visual theatre and poetic storytelling epic with rap, psy-trance, techno and dance breakdowns. It follows a young woman through the night on New Year’s Eve in Byron Bay…

Wonderbabes is dealing with the complexities of femaleness. It presents one young woman’s experience of sexual violence and complicates the questions we should be asking about this. She is not an easy victim, she is angry, she is wild and she is pushing her limits.

“This show is about a young woman who’s testing her limits. She’s angry and frustrated with her mother, the world, and pretty much everyone. She wants to cause trouble, get into danger, and feel something intense in order to know herself better. It’s a two-hour performance piece written as a hero’s journey that has the pace and structure to keep you hanging in there.” — Kate McDowell

“The ideas Kate is exploring in this exciting new text couldn’t be more timely. This is the battle cry of a generation.” — Elsie Edgerton-Till, Director


The set is a 9×10 meter tent that appears in a public space and is dressed with Charles Davis’ exquisite design and Richard Morrod’s unified and dramatic lighting design that turns the set into a glowing light cube. Inside the tent is a silver wonderland – like a dystopic nightclub.

This, combined with James Brown’s original live mixed score in surround sound, immerses the audience in the world of the story.

The space houses 100 people (seated). The Wonderbabes team can create a daytime or night time all-ages dance party for each day the tent is erected on site, as well as being able to offer workshops for young people in writing/storytelling and music production, or for women in telling your own story. 

Wonderbabes is presented in a festival like atmosphere. The premiere featured a sponsored bar by Brookies gin, local food vendors, fire pits and a wintery festival vibe.


Kate McDowell
Writer and Performer

NORPA Associate Artist Kate McDowell, originally from Lismore, holds a NIDA Postgraduate Diploma in Writing for Performance and is trained in dance, puppetry and performance.

For NORPA Kate was Assistant Director/Stage Manager on Dreamland, design intern for Journey To an Unnamed World and researcher for new work Wildskin.

Elsie Edgerton-Till

Elsie Edgerton-Till’s extensive theatre experience includes directing engagements for Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Ensemble Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company, New Zealand Playhouse, National Institute of Dramatic Arts, The Court Theatre, World Busker’s Festival, The Forge and the New Theatre.

James Brown
Composer/Sound Designer

James Brown is a Sydney based composer who has worked collaboratively with companies both locally and internationally to produce soundtracks for performance, film, animation and games. His process often involves creating music in synchronicity with the development of the project, creating a strong connection between the material and sound.


Charles Davis
Co-Production Designer

Charles is a graduate of NIDA, and studied architectural design at Monash University. He has worked as a designer and associate designer for Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir, Griffin, Sydney Chamber Opera, Pinchgut and Opera Australia. In 2017, Charles was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award for best set design for The Whale.

Hugh O’Connor
Co-Production Designer

Hugh O’Connor is an Australian set, costume, production and event designer. Production design credits include Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, 40th Anniversary Parade, Norman Conquests Trilogy ( Ensemble Theatre), Neville’s Island, Relatively Speaking (Ensemble Theatre) and Hidden Sydney (Vivid Festival).


Richard Morrod
Lighting Design

Extenuating the energy of live performance is what Rich does best. Whether it be with bands, theatre, dance or circus Rich is at home behind a lighting console. Trained as a dancer at the Victorian Academy of the Arts, Rich performed worldwide with companies such as Sydney Dance Company which shaped and styled his belief in the importance of the backstage arts.



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