Alice Babidge

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Alice designs set and costume in theatre, opera and film.

In film, Alice recently designed costumes for the feature adaptation of HOLDING THE MAN, directed by Neil Armfield. She also designed costumes on Justin Kurzel’s debut feature film, SNOWTOWN, which was part of the Official Selection at Cannes Critics Week and was awarded the Special Distinction of the President; and on REUNION (part of THE TURNING project) starring Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh and directed by Simon Stone. Her short film credits include RED starring Cate Blanchett and directed by Del Kathryn Barton; APRICOT, CASTOR AND POLLUX and SOME STATIC STARTED with director Ben Briand. Alice also designed Briand’s MTV drama pilot HAMMER BAY. She has designed music video clips for The Mess Hall, You Am I, The Vines and End of Fashion.

Alice’s set and costume design for Sydney Theatre Company’s production of THE PRESENT was transferred to Broadway at the Barrymore Theatre for a three month run beginning of 2017. Alice designed costumes for Simon Stone’s 2016 production of YERMA at Young Vic, London and it is being revived in late 2017. In 2017, Alice is returning to Young Vic with costume design on Benedict Andrews’ production of CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF opening in July 2017. She is also designing set and costumes for Kip Williams’ production of THREE SISTERS at Sydney Theatre Company.

Alice graduated from the NIDA Design Course in 2004 and quickly established herself on theatre mainstages. In 2006 she costume designed Barrie Kosky’s eight hour epic THE LOST ECHO; in 2009 the costumes for the 4-part adaptation of THE WAR OF THE ROSES; in 2011 the costumes for GROSS UND KLEIN; and in 2013 designed set and costume for THE MAIDS, all directed by Benedict Andrews. THE MAIDS premiered in New York at the Lincoln Centre Festival in August 2014. In 2013 Alice designed THE RING CYCLE costumes for Opera Australia with director Neil Armfield, and designed costumes for WAITING FOR GODOT in the same year. After its smash premiere run at STC, WAITING FOR GODOT also played in June 2015 at the Barbican, London.

Alice’s theatre credits include MISS JULIE (set and costume, MTC), THE  ORESTEIA (costume, Theatre Oberhausen). A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM (costume), ALL MY SONS (set and costume),  KING LEAR (costume), THE PRESENT (set and costume), SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER (set and costume), CYRANO DE BERGERAC (set and costume), MACBETH (set and costume), THE WHITE GUARD (set and costume), THE ORESTEIA (set and costume), FACE TO FACE (costume), THE WOMEN OF TROY (set and costume), THE SEASON AT SARSAPARILLA (costume), UNDER MILKWOOD (costume), HONOUR (costume), THE TRIAL (costume), THE MYSTERIES (set), THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING (set), JULIUS CAESAR (costume) and BOY GETS GIRL (costume) at Sydney Theatre Company. MOTHER COURAGE (costume) EVERY BREATH (set and costume), DEATH OF A SALESMAN, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, PETER PAN, PRIVATE LIVES, BABYTEETH, THAT FACE, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, PARRAMATTA GIRLS and CAPRICORNIA (costume) at Belvoir.

Alice is currently designing costumes for Brett Dean’s new opera HAMLET, directed by Neil Armfield at Glyndebourne Festival 2017. Alice’s opera design credits include PEER GYNT (costume, Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg); DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN (costume, Opera Australia) directed by Neil Armfield; CALIGULA,  THE RETURN OF ULYSSES (costume, English National Opera London) and THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO (costume, Opera Australia) directed by Benedict Andrews;  BLISS (costume, Opera Australia Sydney/Melbourne/ Edinburgh Festival Seasons) directed by Neil Armfield; RIGOLETTO (set and costume, Komische Oper Berlin) and THE NAVIGATOR (costume and co-set designer, Brisbane Festival and Melbourne International Arts Festival) both directed by Barrie Kosky.

Alice was Associate Artist at Sydney Theatre Company where she designed The Bar at the End of the Wharf. GROSS UND KLEIN won best costume at 2011 Sydney Theatre Awards and THE LOST ECHO and CAPRICORNIA were nominated for Best Costumes at the 2007 Sydney Theatre Awards.