A stag party in a West Coast cabin for four overconfident and under qualified city boys becomes increasingly hilarious (and dangerous) as they fumble towards the truth of what it means to be a New Zealand man in the age of the metrosexual.
Court Theatre production
"Somewhere between the laughter and the juvenile antics lies a genuine melancholy and poetry... More than just a story of boys trying to become men, it’s about people trying to become just that little bit more human and compassionate. In an age where most comedy is fuelled by cringe and irony, Stag Weekend stands out for it’s painstaking sincerity."
- The Lumiere Reader
"All up, this is both a thoughtful and sensitive examination of the construction of masculinity in 21st century New Zealand and a witty, engaging evening of larrikinism. Stag Weekend is bawdy, funny, and unashamedly local."
"Frequently hilarious and with some insightful things to say about modern manhood, Stag Weekend is an impressive Court Theatre debut for Bennetts and Bain and in general a rollicking couple of hours of entertainment."
"...crazy, full on and funny, [a] Kiwiana tour de force."
- The Christchurch Star
"Stag Weekend is uplifting and entertaining. You should go see it."
- The Christchurch Press
“[Stag Weekend] makes more points than a buck's antlers about what it means to be a "Kiwi man" today… in a running mix of twists and jokes, from broad farce to sight-gag humour to near-tragedy, and back again to trippy craziness.”
- Manawatu Standard
“The playwrights have succeeded in providing new plot-twists and surprises, and good lines, right through to the end.”
“...twists and turns, gags, off-the-wall humour and insight into the lads’ insecurities...I was totally engrossed.”
— Wanganui Chronicle
“Stag Weekend gave an enthralled audience a great night out.”
— Feilding-Rangitikei Herald
“…a mad romp with a tasty series of twists, turns and drama."
- Manawatu Guardian
Written with Brendon Bennetts
Paul and partner Mae are moving up in the world and have decided it's time to make a real commitment to each other. They're going to install a spa.
But when Paul's parents turn up to 'help' it doesn't take long for old wounds to open up in this comedy about family, D grade celebrity and DIY spa installation.
Is blood thicker than water?
CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT
The Light in the Sky
Life is simple in 1954 rural New Zealand until Moira, a farmer's wife recovering from the guilt of accidentally killing her son in a drunken car crash, is abducted by extra-terrestrial beings.
As a series of increasingly odd symptoms afflict her can she convince her husband Thomas, the local police, the RNZAF and her skeptical neighbours of the truth of what has happened to her, or will she be written off as another hysterical woman making things up...
CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT
written with Luke Di Somma
At the beginning of her final year at rugby obsessed Riverhole High School, Lauren, a budding singer songwriter, meets new arrival and rugby star, Scott and attempts to enlist him in annual nationwide music competition BandSmash.
But when both Scott and all the school’s resources for BandSmash are co-opted by the National First Fifteen Rugby Tournament and school principal Ms. Requin begins a crackdown on anyone ‘not fully participating in school pride’ Lauren must try to unite the school’s bullied underclass to rebel against the status quo before they are all erased by the system and made permanently invisible...
The Invisibles is a darkly comic original musical written specifically for New Zealand high schools with book and lyrics by award winning writer Dan Bain and lyrics and music by Fulbright scholar and composer Luke Di Somma.
Nominated: Best New Play For Young People 2015
The Invisibles: The NZ anti-highschool musical
Be not afraid
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 of 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 skils 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?
Money. Crime. Video games.
Commissioned and produced as part of the Young and Hungry Festival of New Theatre 2012.
Nominated, Best NZ play for Young People 2012
"...as fun and involving as a really good video game."
Lumiere Reader, Wellington.
"...up there with the best years of this long running season."
Capital Times, Wellington
"...this high octane production is full on from start to finish..."
"...witty, insightful, dramatic black comedy."
Greta is a weird kid. The other girls don't like her, her Dad left and her mum won't get off the computer.
When she starts seeing things that aren't there she has to make a choice - is she going to let this all ride or get brave and wreak some Greek classical carnage?
Uncle Minotaur is a new drama by Dan Bain about eye surgery, being brave and dealing with your monsters.
Commissioned and produced as part of the Young and Hungry Festival of New Theatre 2014
Nominated: Best New Play for Young People 2014
"Highly imaginative and thought provoking."
Theatreview, Bats Theatre Season
"...some allusions might fly over some audience members' heads."
A Paintbox of Clowns is a silent show for loud children. Come along with Red, Blue and Green as they bumble their way through an epic adventure involving slingshots, stethoscopes, ducks, carrots and retractable apples, all without saying a word.
Red is brave, Blue is smart and Green is hungry!
Red! Blue! Green!
“...a zesty performance which clearly delighted the punters around me, old and young alike.”
Theatreview, Court Theatre season
“the wonder of everyday things is timeless, and in the simplicity lies the charm.”
Theatreview, Fortune Theatre season
A Paintbox of Clowns - Excerpt
Why are my Parents so Boring?
A play about playing. Unfolding in the manner of a silent movie - complete with dialogue cards – Why Are My Parents So Boring? explores the relationship between a hyper-active seven year old and her parents. Who are soooo boring...
Off beat and heartwarming, Why Are My Parents so Boring? is must see live children's entertainment.
“Highly recommended original story with depth and heart.” Theatreview, Court Theatre Season
“...visually engaging, expertly performed and full of child-friendly humour, emotion and wisdom.” Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Season
Why are my Parents so Boring?
Cat Vs. Dog
Grandma loves her cat and her dog and everything seems great. Until she leaves the room and then it's Cat Vs Dog! One day they take it too far and disaster strikes! Can Cat and Dog learn how to work together to save the day?
The third, and quite likely final, of Dan Bain's silent shows for loud children, Cat Vs. Dog is a hilarious mismatch of opera, orchestral music, saturday morning cartoons and silent comedy.
"Their shared solution is stunning ... highly imaginative and visually charming."
Theatreview, Court Theatre Season
"Dan Bain has now brought several inventive physical theatre shows to life ... and this one tops them all in my book."
Theatreview, Court Theatre Season
"Bain is master of the children's theatre genre and knows just how to enchant his audience."
Theatreview, Fortune Theatre Season
Cat Vs Dog teaser
A Christmas Carol
adapted for the stage from the original story by Charles Dickens
The Court Jesters love three things. Christmas, Xmas, and biting off more than they can chew.
So, this Christmas join The Court Jesters as they desperately attempt to stage the entirety of A Christmas Carol with only two of their most seasoned performers, a dodgy pianist, and A LOT of help from the audience.
Ideal for families and work parties alike A Christmas Carol is a hilarious version of the classic story brought to you by the creative team behind Scared Scriptless.
BOOK HERE https://courttheatre.org.nz/show/a-christmas-carol/
Two Girls, One Shop
written with Maddie Harris and Millie Hanford
based on characters created by Maddie Harris and Millie Hanford with Dan Pengelly
Sophia is young, dumb and full of gum. She keeps swallowing it. So is Simone. Only she spits. They both love cute boys and fashion and um, puppies? Or, whatever. They both work in the same retail clothing store. They also hate each other. Can two girls fit in one shop, or will their cup runneth over?
Multi-Award winning writer/director Dan Bain presents this new piece of comedy theatre from MDMA featuring Millie Hanford and Maddie Harris from The Court Theatre Youth Company.
Debuts at Wellington Fringe and will tour to Dunedin Fringe 2017
"An addictive combo of Supre, electronica, filosophy and shit talking teens... The script is as tight as a pair of jeggings, full of snappy one liners and sketches... Like a girl crushing hard, you’ll want to follow Sophia and Simone - even if they are too cool to accept your friend request." - The Pantograph Punch