A new translation of Jean Genet's The Maids by Benedict Andrews and Andrew Upton sees Cate Blanchett, Isabelle Huppert and Elizabeth Debicki take the stage in this Sydney Theatre Company production. Blanchett and Huppert open dialogue in a beautiful set from Designer and friend Alice Babidge consisting of floral arrangements punctuating the stage with femininity and pastels separated with stark furniture and bordered with racks of designer clothing in a spectrum of colour and texture that is very quickly contrasted with profanity and vulgar sexuality…….. they had my attention.
Above the stage was a huge screen displaying (LIVE) footage from both a hidden crew and placed cameras that panned across the set and gave us the occasional glimpse up Blanchett's nostrils and added a voyeuristic feel.
I had the opportunity to work with Alice Babidge on the jewellery for this and it will now go down in history as my most seamless easy collaboration with another designer. She is such an incredibly talented woman who I am incredibly happy to have met, I caught a moment to ask her 5 quick fire questions…
Physically: Melbourne, Australia although I live in Sydney. Mentally: New York. Wishing: Turks and Caicos.
'Straight to You' - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. The utter romantic for the displaced or disillusioned.
The present. With a touch of the Woody Allen 1970's for good measure.
'The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie' by Luis Buñuel.
French. By the bottle. If I'm being at all particular, Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque or Ruinart.