The collective brainchild of Adelaide Centre for the Arts Acting Graduates, Nic English, Renee Gentle and Tim Overton, Junglebean first sprouted in the 2009 Adelaide Fringe with their production of Neil LaBute's Autobahn. This was followed by Jim Cartwright's Two, which enjoyed a return season in 2010, and later that year Boxing Day Test, written by award winning South Australian playwright Michael Hill premiered at the Bakehouse Theatre. In 2012 the South Australian premiere of The Call written by Patricia Cornelius was presented.
We began Junglebean with the aim of creating a company that would be independent, self-governing, and provide us with the opportunity to produce work we truly believe in.
We believe theatre to be a two way street, that the relationship between audience and performer is mutually advantageous.
We believe in the generational growth between artists and the importance of consummate directors. With this in mind, we are fully committed to maintaining a company that combines emerging artists with seasoned professionals.
On an individual level, we are proud to say we've been working with some of South Australia's most prominent theatre companies including The State Theatre Company of South Australia, Patch Theatre Company, Splash Theatre Company, Flying Penguin Productions and The State Opera of South Australia. While we have an unwavering commitment to the company, we also have a strong belief in diversity. With this understanding, we endeavor to broaden our knowledge of our craft by working with as many external influences as possible with the aim of bringing these newly brought skills back to the company. This is how we plan to create truly rejuvenated and motivated theatre.
Nic graduated from the Adelaide Centre for the Arts in 2008. Since graduating, Nic's theatre credits include, Books and Bites (Come Out), The Embryos (The Duende Collective), Different Fields (SINGular Productions/State Opera of South Australia), A State of Affairs (Accidental Productions), Autobahn and Boxing Day Test (Junglebean) The Misanthrope and Holding The Man (State Theatre Company of South Australia). Screen credits include short film Being Nowhere and travel show, The Vibe. Nic has also developed new works with Sydney based companies Cry Havoc and The Earthcrosser Company, as well Adelaide based ensemble, Chopt Logic. Nic is a founding member of Adelaide based theatre company, Junglebean.
Renee is currently studying a Masters of Arts and Cultural Management at the University of South Australia. She has a wealth of experience in marketing and arts administration. In 2007 Renee graduated from the Adelaide Centre for the Arts. Since graduating her theatre credits include Autobahn, Two, Boxing Day Test and The Call (Junglebean), Miles Away (Junglebean and Blue Dingo Productions), Scaredy Kat- winner of Adelaide Fringe Best Children's Theatre Award 2011 (Colourwheel Productions), The Beginners Guide to Pirates, What Big Teeth You Have, A Book Safari, and Crossing the Story Bridge (Splash Theatre Company), Special Delivery (Patch Theatre Company), Almost an Evening and Sexual Perversity in Chicago (Accidental Productions), and Prison Break LIVE (The Sudden Impact Entertainment Company). Her film credits include Momentum (Flinders), Family Business (Raw Nerve), The Only House on the Street (The Company), and The Man Who Poisoned the Sun (Urtext Films). She has also appeared in a number of commercials and recorded voiceovers for radio. Renee is co-founder of Junglebean.
Tim graduated from the Adelaide Centre for the Arts in 2008. Since Graduating Tim's theatre credits include; Autobahn, Two and Boxing Day Test (Junglebean), Almost An Evening and A State of Affairs (Accidental Productions), The Fastest Boy in the World, Mr McGee and the Biting Flee, Little Green Tractor and Me and My Shadow - winner of the 2011 Helpmann Award for best children's presentation (Patch Theatre Company), Buried Child (State Theatre Company of South Australia). Tim's screen credits include the short film Riding Derrick and Danger 5 for SBS. Tim is a founding member of Adelaide based theatre company, Junglebean.