Presented by NORPA and The Quad

About the show

Wonderbabes is a thrilling performance by Kate McDowell exposing the traumas of our young sexual and political lives. Set in Byron Bay on New Year’s Eve Wonderbabes is the epic story of one young woman’s incendiary journey through the night. Underpinned by a live electronic score from DJ/producer James Brown, Kate McDowell’s spellbinding performance is full of rage and poetic beauty.

“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.” Director, Elsie Edgerton-Till

Presented by NORPA and The Quad, Wonderbabes is performed in a large-scale tent in Lismore’s new outdoor precinct.

The partnership between The Quad and NORPA taps into NORPA’s strong track record of staging theatre in unique site-specific spaces (eg: Railway Wonderland, Dreamland, The Home Project) while also adding to the animation of the cultural life of Lismore and supporting emerging local artists through NORPA’s Associate Artist program.

Wonderbabes is featured as a satellite event of the 2018 Byron Writers Festival.

Creative Team

Writer & Performer – Kate McDowell
Director – Elsie Edgerton-Till
Designer – Charles Davis
Composer – James Brown
Producer – Marisa Snow
Lighting Designer – Richard Morrod

Bar and pop-up diner

From 5pm enjoy open fires, mulled wine and a pop-up bar from Brookies Gin, plus street food from Slate Café.

Patron advice

Recommended ages 15+. Sexual and graphic content. Wonderbabes contains strong coarse language and adult themes including references to suicide, sexual assault and substance abuse.

Below are some support services for those affected by the themes in the production:
Lifeline – 13 11 44
Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636 1800 737 732


Adult $30
Senior/Concession/Groups 4+ $25
Under 25 $25
Please note there is a $3.30 booking fee per transaction (not per ticket) for all ticket purchases.

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Photo by Alex Clarke