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World acclaimed play comes to Bathurst.

Together with a team of long term collaborators Indian Ink Theatre company has created an extraordinary series of plays that have won awards and delighted audiences throughout New Zealand and around the world. The company’s international successes include tours to Australian capital cities and throughout the USA, as well as sell out seasons in Singapore, Germany, India and the UK.

Indian Ink has won three Production of the Year awards, two Edinburgh Fringe First Awards, won Best Play, Best Composer and Best Actor at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards. Now they are making their first and only regional NSW visit with performances of the Guru of Chai at BMEC in Bathurst on Friday the 19th and Saturday the 20th of July.

This is an exceptional opportunity to see theatrical storytelling and tour de force performance at its very best.

“Indian Ink Theatre Company is one of New Zealand’s most successful theatre companies with a reputation for total theatre which offers humanity and psychological insight in a package of good plain laughs, luminous performances and brilliant staging” (Dominion Post, NZ).

For over two decades Jacob Rajan and Justin Lewis have pursued their idea of the ‘Serious Laugh’- opening mouths with laughter in order to slip something serious in along with a love of mask and story. The company blends western theatrical traditions with eastern flavours and has been critically acclaimed for its use of live music, heightened theatricality, humour, pathos and great storytelling.

“We aim to make theatre that is beautiful, funny, sad and true. We go to the theatre to be transported by a great story and to enjoy characters who live large in our imaginations. We want the experience to leave an indelible imprint on your hearts. That’s why we’re called Indian Ink!”

“Guru of Chai was story telling at its very best. One man, a simple stage, a story that twisted and turned, a few special effects, live music and sound effects, a little bit of magic and some shadow puppetry.

The result was more than a dozen characters and a story that tugged at our hearts, made us laugh and filled us with gratitude, both for being able to sit entranced for one and a half hours and for our own lives.

Jacob Rajan changes physically and vocally in a nano second and the power of the human imagination believes that there are seven sisters, a big policeman, a man with no thumbs and that the moon talks, that a parrot is a guardian angel and that we are sitting in Bangalore Railway Station. Rajan’s script evokes places and situations and involves the audience in this world.

In a world where there are all the bells and whistles of modern stage effects, sets and lights, this production took us back to the essence of all performance – story telling. Aided by his ‘mute’ musician and straight man, David, who also provided other sound effects and also the light from a hand-held torch for some shadow puppetry – this show reminded me that the most important thing is the story; you don’t actually need much else.

Guru of Chai reminded us all that we are human, that we share more than we differ and that we all have only one life and that it is a dreadful thing to waste it.”

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