Nino Burini

Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in nino buriniDenmark?

I’m a 31-year-old Italian from a lovely city called Ferrara, mostly famous for its beautiful castle. Well, actually, I’m from a town nearby, mostly famous for a huge plant that produces caterpillars for tractors, but I say I’m from Ferrara, because castles are better for first impressions. I moved to Denmark in February 2010 to start my PhD at DTU and I immediately got in contact with the CTC.

How have you been involved with the CTC?

During my first days in Copenhagen, I stayed in a hostel while looking for a room to rent. I was also looking for activities to do in town and as I had joined a “theatre laboratory” at university the previous year, I started searching the web for theatre-related activities and found the CTC’s Meetup page, which was advertising an improv workshop for the following day. I loved the idea of an English-speaking theatre group, so I joined the workshop and that’s how I met the CTC! I killed two birds with one stone, because that night I discovered that the host of the workshop (Andrew Blackwell, another CTC member) was looking for a flatmate! That’s how I got my first room in Copenhagen; I couldn’t have been more lucky! I’ve been involved with the CTC since that day, initially attending the Improv Workshops, then participating in auditions, and even getting some parts.

What is your greatest CTC achievement so far?

My greatest CTC achievement so far was to play Peski in the panto Old King Cole. It’s the biggest part I’ve ever played and it clearly put me outside my comfort zone sometimes (I had to rap on stage!) I should also mention that time when I played the rear part of Daisy the cow in another CTC panto, Cinderella. It was excruciating for my back, but my girlfriend was playing the front part, so it was not all that bad.

What is your favourite play?

I have not seen a huge amount of plays in my life, but last year in London I saw The Play That Goes Wrong, which is one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen (I still remember some lines!) It felt a bit familiar, because it deals with a (very) amateur drama circle trying to put on a murder mystery play. However, unfortunately, everything “goes wrong” for them.

Who would you cast as yourself in a movie of your life?

Hmm, which actor could play me in my biopic? Maybe Edward Norton? He’s quite cool, but I don’t know if he’s ever been the rear part of a panto animal, so maybe he doesn’t have the relevant experience.

Tell us something that might surprise people.

When I was 22, I lived in Japan for a year! I learned some Japanese and, even if I haven’t been speaking it since then, I still remember a few words!

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Rubber face guy.

Dinner for four – you and 3 others – living or otherwise – who would you invite and why?

Randall Munroe, author of XKCD, probably my favourite web comic, because I’m sure he’d tell a lot of interesting stories. Then Tony Trishcka, one of my favorite banjo players, so that he could teach me some cool “licks”. Finally John Cleese, because he’d bring some good cheese.