August 1, 2016 |  by  |  Direction & Collaboration, Future Hotel, Performance, Theatre  |  Share

Free Happiness PAINT& SN


By Future Hotel

An exchange: money for things, things for value in use. Watch your spending grow, or use money to create more and walk right out the door with it. Personal increase in wealth assured.

Free Happiness is a performance experience that creates a tailored economy. Buy your ticket for $20 and receive twenty-one $1 coins in return. Over the next 90 minutes the artists will do all they can to win back, re circulate, account for, waste, value and devalue your money.

Brought to you by Future Hotel (Nisha Madhan & Stephen Bain) whose acts of public intervention alter all known futures.

Participation is mandatory.

At Basement Theatre
2 – 6 August // 6.30pm
Tickets $20



2nd August // Economically Irresponsible Night
3rd August // Arts Administrators and Accountants Night
4th August // Changemakers and Trail Blazers Night
5th August // Student Debt and Mortgagees Night
6th August // Non-Conformists Night

This Is Not A Title

February 17, 2016 |  by  |  Performance, Writing  |  Share

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This Is Not A Title is a video performance.  Click Here to view the video and read the artist statement.


February 17, 2016 |  by  |  Performance, Theatre  |  Share



ME YOU HERE THERE is a participatory solo performance by Nisha Madhan that addresses the tensions and negotiations of group dynamics, identification through inter-subjectivity and cosmic dust. It is a choreographic study of a relational atmosphere that unearths power structures at play in performance.

This work comes out of a desire to make a performance that cannot exist without an audience. An idea articulated by Jacques Rancier in his article The Emancipated Spectator, there is no theatre without spectators.”

Through a process of obsessive identification participants are asked to consider three questions: Who are we? Where are we? and Why are we here? It exploits performance persona and the materials of administration and bureaucracy in order to attempt to define the present moment.




The performance space of ME YOU HERE THERE is a microcosm and a metaphor for an existentialist grappling with our purpose on the spinning earth.


October 25, 2015 |  by  |  Direction & Collaboration, Performance, Theatre, TITLED  |  Share

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Read Rosabel Tan’s impression of TITLED on The Pantograph Punch HERE.

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Unveiling the politics at play using social maps governed by systems upon systems upon systems.

In an attempt to discover exactly what The Bottom Line is, Nisha Madhan (BPSA, BA Hons) presents a complicated, tricky performance situation rife with Rules and Regulations. Audiences are invited to negotiate the Terms and Conditions of their experience making them Stakeholders in the Business of Performance. Using Best Practice and Strategic Goals developed with Auckland University Managerial Staff member and Supervisor, Dr. Emma Willis (PhD), Innovative Spatial Collusion from Stephen Bain (BBSc, Dip. Act) alongside Assistant Mind Dynamics Collaborator Poppy Serano (Dip. CompGraphDes, BDes), Madhan will ensure that an environment of Quality, Leadership, Excellence and Success will be diligently avoided at all costs.

This piece comes out of a desire to treat the concept of an unspoken contract between audience and performer literally. This is a fundamental exchange between You, Me, Here, There and the Army of Administrators that run the world.

Let’s lay all our cards on the table.

Performance: Nisha Madhan / Poppy Serano
Design: Stephen Bain



What Have You Done To Me? in Finland

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Stephen and Nisha have been invited to present their absurdist cabaret What Have You Done To Me? at the New Performance Turku Festival in Finland.  This invitation comes via the curation of Auckland Performance artist Dr. Mark Harvey and includes solos works by himself, and Val Smith.

We have decided to put on a special pre-Finland performance season of the show at The Basement before we leave 2 – 13 September.  Coupled with our recent work LIES, we are about to seize everyone’s favourite little theatre with our performance goodie bag of dancing, gorillas, snooty French women, lying, cheating and TOO MUCH CONFETTI!



Kiss The Fish – Tour

May 27, 2014 |  by  |  Performance  |  Share

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Upcoming tour dates (2015)

Tauranga, Baycourt Theatre /  June 4th to June 6th

Auckland, Q Theatre /  June 9th to June 14th

Gisborne, War Memorial Theatre /  June 26th &  June 27th

Christchurch, Isaac Theatre Royal / July 8th to July 10th

Dunedin, Mayfair Theatre / July 16th to July 18th 

Wellington, Hannah Playhouse / July 22nd to July 26th 

Previous shows:

Hamilton / 2013

Auckland / 2013

New Plymouth / 2014
Wellington / 2014
Nelson /  2014
Napier /  2014
Kerikeri / 2014
Whangarei /  2014

Lawrence, Kansas / January 2015
St Cloud, Minnesota / January 2015


What Have You Done To Me?

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Finalist Most Original Production, Auckland Theatre Awards 2014

Theatrescenes Most Memorable Moments  (James Wenley) 2014

Lumiere Reader Best of Auckland Theatre (Sam Brooks) 2014



A Modern Cabaret of Obsessions.
“charming, troubled, energetic, violent, seductive…hilariously entertaining.” – TheatreviewInspired by the stalkeresque work of French photographer, Sophie Calle, this absurdist cabaret of obsessions by Nisha Madhan and Stephen Bain hides nothing and invites everything.  Contains dancing, offensive language, gorillas and confetti.
8.30pm @ The Basment
Click HERE to book tickets.
2014 At BATS Theatre as part of the 2014 NZ Fringe Festival
2010 Fredrick Street Sound and Light Exploration Society
2010 Basement Theatre as part of the 2010 Auckland Fringe Festival

Kiss The Fish – Indian Ink Theatre Company

September 18, 2013 |  by  |  Performance  |  Share

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 at Q theatre September 14 – October 5th

Kiss the Fish

“Kiss the fish you have, not the one that got away.”
Old Indian Proverb

Karukam Island is the tropical paradise of everyone’s dreams but Sidu can’t wait to escape! In the city they said he looked like Freddie Mercury but here he’s Freddie Nobody. A new eco resort promises life changing riches and every village miser, entrepreneur, bride and priest is jostling for their slice of the dream. The island finds its fate in the hands of Sidu-who everyone agrees is a very odd fish.

Acclaimed actor Jacob Rajan is joined on stage by an ensemble of multi-talented performers and award winning musician David Ward. Under the skillful direction of Justin Lewis, they give puppetry and Balinese comic mask a riotous Indian Ink reinvention.

Experience the theatrical magic, mischievous wit and artful storytelling that is vintage Indian Ink in a brand new show inspired by true events.

Indian Ink Theatre Company Website

Think of the Pay Cheque

June 5, 2013 |  by  |  Performance, Uncategorized  |  Share

As a fan of The Pantograph Punch I’m super chuffed to have been invited to have a rant  at this one off fundraising story telling event amongst some pretty gangster company.  I’ll be talking about that time I was a nurse during the war.

Think of the Pay Cheque – Auckland Trades Hall – 13.06.13


The Mourners Return

February 5, 2013 |  by  |  Performance, Uncategorized  |  Share

Let the Mourners take your sadness, grievances, misery and complaints and transform them into joy!
Inside the Wailing Chamber the All Seeing Ocular Oracle presides over the Ritual of Grievance Transformation.
Here you will pierce the Tear of Sorrow and release your grief in a cathartic, uplifting ceremony!
Can I see another’s woe, and not be in sorrow too? Can I see another’s grief, and not seek for kind relief?


The Wailing Chamber @ Te Papa

In AUCKLAND @ THE FRINGE FESTIVAL Fri 15 + Mon 18 February – Sat 23 February, 12 noon

The Wailing Chamber @ Fringe

With Jeff Henderson, Stephen Bain, Nell Thomas and Gerard Crewdson