A science storytelling bike tour of NZ

Published: Thu 29 Sep 2016 02:27 PM
Bicycle Junction and ahundredmillionthings present:
Tour de Science
A science storytelling bike tour of NZ
David Klein – Photo by Callum Devlin
David Klein is a science storyteller and this summer he’s cycling the country with his award-winning one-man show about curiosity, learning and the universe.
Cycling from town to town on a “Big Dummy” cargo bike, Tour de Science will be performed in over 60 locations from November to March, covering the deep South to the top of the North, beginning on 2 November.
“Halls, libraries, theatres and sheds - the show is portable and ready to pop up, wherever,” says David.
Part theatre, part pop-learning, Tour de Science is an effervescent scientific and personal learning adventure. David shares his journey of curiosity and discovery from childhood to adulthood as atoms, cells, evolution, the solar system, stars and beyond are pieced together into a unique and extremely satisfying conclusion.
“From school to school, it’s the story of all the amazing facts I’ve learned along the way, and how through lots of little steps, we can get our heads around the biggest ideas,” says David.
Being “a bit of a science guy” his whole life, and with a radio and public speaking background, David was inspired to try theatre and storytelling after moving to Wellington three years ago.
Tour de Science is a “tweaked and enhanced” version of David’s 2015 show, Toward a Better Understanding of the Universe, which won him Best Newcomer at the 2015 New Zealand Fringe Festival. Reviews said it was ‘almost as perfect an hour as you could have’ (The Plus Ones)
Clever and compelling, aimed at a general adult and teenage audience, Tour de Science is designed to deliver a jolt of curiosity and inspiration to learn more about the world - “Like the coolest TED talk ever,” says David.
Bicycle Junction have generously provided a Surly ‘Big Dummy’ - a large capacity cargo bike which means the whole show can be self-contained, and pedal-powered.
The final list of shows and venues is being compiled, but will cover the whole country.
When the tour finally arrives back in Wellington, the final distance will have ticked over 5000km.
November 2nd 2016 - mid-March 2017
A full list of shows, details and tickets are available from
SOUTH ISLAND SHOWS (currently booking North Island)
PICTON Wednesday, 2 Nov - Port Marlborough Pavilion
NELSON Thursday, 3 Nov - Victory Community Centre
MOTUEKA Friday, 4 Nov - Chanel Arts Centre
MURCHISON Saturday, 5 Nov - Murchison Centre Kinzett Livestock Function Room
WESTPORT Sunday, 6 Nov - Bill Moffitt Cinema, NBS Theatre
BARRYTOWN Wednesday, 9 Nov - Barrytown Hall
BLACKBALL Thursday, 10 Nov - Blackball Working Men’s Club
HOKITIKA Friday, 11 Nov - Old Lodge Theatre
OKARITO Sunday, 13 Nov - Donovan’s
HAAST Tuesday, 15 Nov - Visitor’s Centre Theatre
WANAKA Thursday, 17 Nov - Lake Wanaka Event’s Centre Armstrong Room
TE ANAU Sunday, 20 Nov - Fiordland Community Events Centre
INVERCARGILL Thursday, 24 Nov - The Lodge
STEWART ISLAND (OBAN) Friday, 25 Nov - Community Centre Social Room
GORE Saturday, 26 Nov - James Cumming Wing
DUNEDIN Wednesday, 30 Nov - Toitū Otago Settler’s Museum Auditorium
OMARAMA Saturday, 3 Dec - Community Centre
TWIZEL Sunday, 4 Dec - Events Centre
TEKAPO Wednesday, 7 Dec - Community Hall
TIMARU Thursday, 8 Dec - Caroline Bay Community Lounge
ASHBURTON Friday, 9 Dec - Events Centre Woodham Foyer
CHRISTCHURCH Saturday, 10 Dec - Space Academy
CULVERDEN Wednesday, 14 Dec - Amuri Community Room
KAIKOURA Thursday, 15 Dec - Theatrical Society

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