Portrait of Van Badham

Van Badham

Van Badham is a Melbourne-based writer, theatremaker, critic, activist, occasional broadcaster and one of Australia’s most controversial public intellectuals. She is currently employed as a political columnist and culture critic for Guardian Australia, while as a theatremaker she’s had more than 100 international productions of her work.

In 2014, her theatre projects include Notoriously Yours - a live-action spy movie about the surveillance - at the Adelaide Fringe, The Trollhunter - a Melbourne Comedy Festival show with Catherine Deveny, and Big Baby: Boss of the World - a collaboration with Terrapin, the national puppet company.

In 2014, she’s won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for her play Muff, the Adelaide Critics' Circle Award for Notoriously Yours and shared the Green Room award for Best Production with her adaptation of The Bloody Chamber.

Internationally, her works for stage and musical theatre have appeared at the Edinburgh Festival, Adelaide Festival, New York Summer Play Festival, in Australia for Malthouse Theatre and Griffin Theatre, in London at the Royal Court Theatre, the Bush (for Paines Plough), the Finborough and Theatre503, and toured extensively in the UK, across her native Australia and to the US, Iceland, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Slovenia.

The BBC World Service, Radio 4 and Radio 3 have produced her radio dramas. Her first novel, Burnt Snow, released in Australia in 2010, is the first in a three-book series for Pan Macmillan. She trained in writing for television on attachment to BBC serial Holby City and her award-winning short film, Octopus, screened in the Dungog, Tropfest Australia, Munich International, Berlin International and LA Shorts festivals.