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“Flawless...Cleverly constructed, full of melodramatic twists and humourous asides.”

Sydney Morning Herald

The contradictions of modern India with its iPhones and ancient gods come alive in this outrageously funny and heartbreakingly beautiful production. 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 killer live soundtrack provided by his mute side-kick, Dave (Adam Ogle).

Scooping Best Play, Best Actor and Best Composer, Guru of Chai has gone on to sell out tours around the world.

Written by Jacob Rajan and Justin Lewis. Directed by Justin Lewis.

Presented by: Frankston Arts Centre and Indian Ink Theatre Company

Audio Described 7.30pm peformance will be Audio Described

This show is handpicked to be in the FAC 2019 Season.

Thanks to our 2019 partners

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“Rajan’s performance is a mesmerizing blend of showmanship and charisma... impressive is the show’s bitter-­‐sweet humor...special mention must go to David Ward’s musical accompaniment.”

NZ Herald

“Jacob Rajan is an amazing actor and the Guru of Chai is an amazing play.”

National Business Review

“This production, like much of Indian Ink’s earlier repertoire, has the power to move across cultures, classes and eras to create something truly great and utterly entertaining.”

Theatreview

“Sheer brilliance of Rajans performance and the humanity he brings to every character he creates, that holds this whirlwind of dramatic storytelling together.”

NZ Listener

“The Guru of Chai is nothing short of genius”

Time Out Singapore

Two course set pre show dining packages are available throughout the year on selected shows.

Dinner package includes a set main and dessert meal at $48.00 per person

Menu provided closer to the event

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About the Show

The contradictions of modern India with its iPhones and ancient gods come alive in this outrageously funny and heartbreakingly beautiful production. 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 beautyof her singing.

Information for Educators

Jacob Rajan as the Guru, plays 17 characters in a stunning solo performance, incorporating music and the explosion of Indian culture on stage. An excellent example for students studying solo performance.

Friday 26 July

1pm – Post Show Q&A

7.30pm – Audio Described

Age Suitability

Ages 13+

Extension Opportunities

• An Education Resource Kit is available for this performance.

• Mask Acting Workshops available led by Jacob Rajan.

Accessibility

The 7.30pm performance will be Audio Described for patrons with a vision impairment. If you require this service, please inform Box Office when you book your ticket.

 

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