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Indian Ink Theatre Company


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The contradictions of modern India, with its iPhones and ancient gods, come alive in the outrageously funny and heartbreakingly beautiful Guru of Chai.

A poor chai-wallah has his life changed forever when a young girl is abandoned at a busy railway station and brings the place to a standstill with the beauty of her singing.

Our Guru (Jacob Rajan), is a buck-toothed chameleon, channelling 17 characters and leaping to multiple locations, delivering a serpentine romantic thriller while dispensing dubious spiritual wisdom. He is by turns charming, loathsome and absurdly profound. Laughter, heartbreak and enlightenment abound – not to mention the awesome live soundtrack provided by his mute side-kick, Dave (Adam Ogle). Extremely talented and award-winning multi-instrumentalist Ogle plays the guitar, drum machine, whistles and even incorporates a humble plastic bag to deftly weave a vibrant musical score with an atmospheric soundscape.

Indian Ink is firmly established as one of New Zealand’s most successful independent theatre companies. It has garnered an international reputation with works consistently enjoying sell-out seasons in the UK, Singapore, Australia, Germany and the US. Guru of Chai will leave a permanent imprint on your heart.

  • Sheer brilliance… a joy to behold.

    Dominion Post (NZ)
  • Flawless... cleverly constructed, full of melodramatic twists and humorous asides.

    Sydney Morning Herald
  • Actor & Writer Jacob Rajan

  • Director & Writer Justin Lewis
  • Dramaturge Murray Edmond
  • Technical Manager & Lighting Designer Cathy Knowsley
  • Composer David Ward
  • Musician Adam Ogle

    Photo Robert Catto

Supported by Creative New Zealand

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