GURU OF CHAI WRITTEN BY JACOB RAJAN & JUSTIN LEWIS
DIRECTED BY JUSTIN LEWIS
GURU OF CHAI grabs you by the throat and never lets go. Indian Ink display their theatrical muscle in a tale and a teller bristling with mischief, mayhem and the maddening magic of India.
The contradictions of modern India with its iPhones and ancient gods come alive in this outrageously funny and heartbreakingly beautiful romantic thriller. 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. Kutisar (the chai-wallah) is one of Rajan’s favorite characters:
“He’s actually based on a mask-dancer that Justin and I met in Bali. A man steeped in the spirituality of mask-dance, but with a weakness for beer and cock-fighting, and yet desperate to have a Facebook page – he literally danced into our lives, and onto the pages of this play a as a fully formed character”
“RAJAN’S PERFORMANCE IS A MESMERIZING BLEND OF DAZZLING SHOWMANSHIP AND PURE CHARISMA.” New Zealand Herald
“GURU OF CHAI IS NOTHING SHORT OF GENIUS.” Time Out Singapore
“A WHIRLWIND OF DRAMATIC STORYTELLING.” NZ Listener
RUNNING TIME 80 mins, no interval
AGE RECOMMENDATION 13+
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