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Indian Ink Theatre Company

PARADISE OR THE IMPERMANENCE OF ICE CREAM

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Take a wild ride to paradise with Indian Ink’s powerful new play about impermanence – of life, love… and ice cream!

Kutisar is dead and lost between paradise and hell. A cantankerous vulture keeps harassing him, and a lover from his past holds the key to his salvation. On an existential post-mortem journey to correct mistakes of his past, Kutisar joins the feisty Meera on a madcap quest to save the critically endangered vultures that play a vital role in Parsi sky burials.

Inspired by Ernest Becker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning treatise The Denial of Death and infused with laughter, Paradise… blows your mind while melting your heart faster than an ice cream on a Mumbai summer day.

Supported by an immersive sound design, Jacob Rajan delivers a wildly versatile solo performance playing seven characters, including the bumbling Kutisar, the buck-toothed hero of Rajan’s beloved The Guru of Chai.

Loaded with warmth and depth, Paradise… is a moving production that melds a dash of Bollywood disco and playful puppetry with thought-provoking musings on the eternal afterlife, the looming extinction of India’s sacred vultures, and the beauty and value of the fleeting and ephemeral.

Reviews
  • Funny and delightful… one of the best one-man performances you will see.

    TimeOut
  • Flawless… engaging, beyond anything I've ever seen.

    Theatrescenes (NZ)
Credits
  • Director Justin Lewis

  • Writers Jacob Rajan & Justin Lewis

  • Performers Jacob Rajan & Jon Coddington

  • Puppet Designer & Builder Jon Coddington

  • Production Manager & Lighting Designer D. Andrew Potvin

  • Sound Operator Adam Ogle

  • Dramaturge Murray Edmond

  • Set Designer John Verryt

  • Costume Designer Elizabeth Whiting

  • Composer David Ward

  • Projected Imagery Bala Murali Shingade

  • Photo John McDermott

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