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Guru of Chai - Erupt Lake Taupo Festival 2012


Thu 10 May 2012, 6:30pm–8:00pm
Fri 11 May 2012, 6:30pm–8:00pm

Where: Great Lake Centre, 5 Story Place, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Premium: $45.00
  • A Reserve: $39.00
  • B Reserve: $35.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Related Artists:

Indian Ink Theatre Company

Guru of Chai is an outrageously funny and romantic thriller, infused with the contradictions of modern India where iPhones sit alongside ancient gods.

Making the most of co-writer and performer Jacob Rajan’s ability to switch seamlessly between multiple characters, the play cuts quickly between scenes creating a heightened sense of drama and excitement.

The award winning story teller and actor keeps the audience entranced as he becomes seven sisters, a policeman, a poet, a series of gangsters and a poor chai-wallah in this heartbreakingly beautiful, yet hilarious story of love, loss and enlightenment.

The chai-wallah is the storyteller and one of Rajan’s favourite characters: “He’s actually based on a mask-dancer that 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 as a fully formed character”.

Co-Writer and Director, Justin Lewis describes the work as blending western theatrical traditions with eastern flavours, with the New Zealand Listener naming it their ‘Feelgood Production of the Year’.

The Guru of Chai is nothing short of genius. Time Out Singapore

"An exotic romantic thriller...cleverly constructed. Full of melodramatic twists and humorous asides...don’t miss this chance to pay a visit to The Guru." - Sydney Morning Herald.