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Dan Bain

DAN BAIN  

Nationality:    New Zealand
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Literary Agent:    SouthSpring


Dan Bain is a professional comedian, actor, improviser, writer and circus artist. He has been a full time entertainer since 2002 when he graduated after two years at the New Zealand circus training school Circoarts. Since then he has been employed by the Court Jesters, the most successful professional improvisational theatre troupe in New Zealand. Here he has regularly performed in or MC-ed SCaRED SCRIPTLESS, the country's longest running comedy show. also he has been heavily involved in improvisational comedy shows and events for a wide number of corporate clients, regularly devising themes, characters and acts specific to their events and needs. His work here has exposed him to a wide range of audiences, from High School students to the Prime Minister of New Zealand. He has also worked as an improvisor for Conartists (auckland) and The Improvisors (Wellington). He is also the Creative Dictator of his own theatrical and multimedia production company NOOSED OCTOPUS. Under this umbrella he has toured the world as a professional street entertainer performing in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, America and three separate tours of Canada. He has performed at such prestigious events as the HaLIFaX BUSKERS FESTIVaL, THE SINGaPORE RIVER BUSKERS FESTIVaL and the EDMONTON FRINGE FESTIVaL to name but a few. He speaks to over 10 000 first year university students per year through New Zealand and the UK as a motivational speaker with THE IDEaS aGENCY and their UNISMaRT programme. His writing credits include STaG WEEKEND (with Brendon Bennetts), THE CHRISTCHURCH GHOST WaLK (with Javier Jarquin) and KIWIaNa for Chante danse. also the silent kids shows a PaINTBOX OF CLOWNS, WHY aRE MY PaRENTS SO BORING? and an adaptation of HaNSEL aND GRETEL as well as GaMEPLaN for Young and Hungry Wellington and DRONES and FORBIDDEN BIRDS EMBaRRaSSED BEES for Radio NZ. His professional directing credits include a PaINTBOX OF CLOWNS (at Court and Fortune Theatres), HaNSEL aND GRETEL, THE aDVENTURES OF CaPTaIN COOK and (upcoming) RaPUNZEL for The Christchurch Court Theatre. Finally since 2002 he has been performing as a standup comedian and MC in universities, festivals, burlesque shows, casinos, and comedy clubs through New Zealand with his unique blend of circus skills, flights of bizarre imagination, cheerful nihilism and quick wit including SHaRP and ORPHaNS OF COMEDY for the NZ Comedy Festival.

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below is a list of Dan Bain's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

Gameplan         Gingerbread Man, The         Hansel & Gretel         Paintbox Of Clowns, A         Why Are My Parents So Boring?



Gameplan

Synopsis:
Dylan and his friends are broke and good at one thing - video games. They need 10 grand and fast, but there aren't any end level bosses guarding treasure in real life.... Or are there? What happens when a team of nerds and social rejects try to take their on-screen skills into real life? Can video games train you to be awesome? To take control of your destiny? Or to at least be able to talk to girls? Gameplan is for anyone who's been broke, picked up a controller or been caught in suspicious circumstances with their flat mates undies. Director Melanie Camp says, Gameplan is a ghost train ride through your living room and into your Xbox and then back through your living room again and then there's a big monster at the end that makes you wet your pants (almost).
- http://www.theatreview.org.nz

Notes:
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1st Produced:
BaTS, Wellington    06 Jul 2012

Organisations:
Young & Hungry 2013

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
short play

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Gingerbread Man, The

Synopsis:
In Bain and Nixon's version, the audience help a hapless chef (Trevella) figure out the recipe to create the gingerbread man before the freshly-baked biscuit (Allan) decides he doesn't want to be a snack and goes on the run from a variety of pursuers (played by Trevella and Burns).
- http://www.theatreview.org.nz

Notes:
written by by Dan Bain and Carl Nixon

1st Produced:
Court Theatre, Bernard Street, Addington, Christchurch    03 Oct 2012

Organisations:
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Genre:
TYA

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Hansel & Gretel

Synopsis:
This interpretation is true to the original Hansel and Gretel story but uses music, sound effects and physical comedy rather than dialogue, says Bain, it's telling the story in a way that hasn't been done before and connects to kids of all ages.
- www.theatreview.org.nz

Notes:
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1st Produced:
aurora Centre, cnr Greers Rd and Memorial ave, Burnside, Christchurch    20 Jul 2011

Organisations:
COURT THEaTRE

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
TYA

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Paintbox Of Clowns, A

Synopsis:
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Notes:
Three magical characters delight And entertain children And grown-ups Alike for 50 minutes  All without uttering A single word.
- http://www.theatreview.org.nz

1st Produced:
Court One, Christchurch    05 Jul 2012

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Music:
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Genre:
50 min TYA

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Why Are My Parents So Boring?

Synopsis:
WHY aRE MY PaRENTS SO BORING follows the hilarious consequences when a mischievous youngster (Laura Daniel) sets out to teach her parents (David Ladderman and Kathleen Burns) to have fun while she is at home during the school holidays. Bain describes WHY aRE MY PaRENTS SO BORING as a play about playing - taking ordinary or boring things and turning them into something magical through the power of imagination.
- http://www.theatreview.org.nz

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Court Theatre, Bernard Street, addington, Christchurch    04 Jul 2012

Organisations:
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1st Published:
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Music:
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To Buy This Play:
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Genre:
TYA

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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