Carol Betera studied at London University (B Sc Hons) and Theatre Design at Trent Poly. She began designing professionally at the Almost Free Theatre, London, and at Contact Theatre, Manchester. Since 1980 she has been based in Dublin.
Recent work includes Ice Child (Mike Kenny), The Bockety World of Henry and Bucket, (Sarah Argent), A Murder of Crows, Boy with a Suitcase, Big Sister, Little Brother (Mike Kenny), (Barnstorm Theatre Company); Othello (nominated for Irish Times Theatre Award for set design), Macbeth, (Second Age); It’s a Short Life, Krapp’s Last Tape, Rough for Theatre 2, Play (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company); How High is Up? (TEAM), (nominated for Irish Times Theatre Award for costume design); Master Harold and the Boys (Calypso Theatre Company); Shadow of a Gunman (Lyric, Belfast); Wolf of Winter (by Paula Meehan), Finders Keepers (Peter Sheridan), Sons and Daughters (Marina Carr, Jim Nolan), (New writing at the Abbey Theatre); Sanctuary Lamp, My Children, My Africa (Gallowglass) ; Dog, Moby Dan, Nightmare on Abbey St, (New writing for Barabbas).
Previous work includes Waiting for Godot (Project), The Risen People (ICA, London); Boss Grady’s Boys (Sebastian Barry), Dark Lady Karen Sunde), I am of Ireland (Ed Callan), (New writing at the Abbey Theatre); Carthaginians (Frank McGuiness), Mrs McConachy’s Money (Lyric, Belfast); As You Like It, Plough and the Stars (Second Age); Taking Steps (Gate Theatre).
At Contact Theatre, Manchester, No More Sitting on the Old School Bench (Alan Bleasedale), Plough and the Stars , The Changeling , The Caretaker (Pinter), Endgame (Beckett) and at the Almost Free Theatre, London, The Non-Stop Connolly Show (John Arden and Margaretta Darcy).
She has worked on many young peoples’ productions with TEAM, Barnstorm, Storytellers and Second Age. Her work has been seen in Europe, America, Japan and Australia.
Costume design for film includes feature films Da, Korea, How Harry Became a Tree, Fifth Province and for television, Loving , The Ambassador 2 (BBC), Brigid, A Painful Case, Riders to the Sea (RTE), Dear Sarah, (Thames), Caught in a Free State (Granada), Year of the French (RTE/Channel 4), Just in Time (RTE, production design), Grandpa, Speak to me in Russian (Crescendo)