Te Oro Presents Guru of Chai - Indian Ink Theatre Company

Secrets of life, love & everything

  • Two nights only 24 & 25 Aug
  • Ages Open
  • Cost $15
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  • Fri, 24 Aug at 7PM
  • Sat, 25 Aug at 7PM

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 have gone on to sell out tours around the world.

A theatre and musical performance with a cast of two:
Produced by Indian Ink Theatre Company
Directed by Justin Lewis
Written by: Justin Lewis & Jacob Rajan

Adults : $15.00
Concession/Students : $10.00
Group of 6 + : $10.00
Children (12 and under) : $10.00
Book online at or at the reception at Te Oro.

Indian Ink Theatre Company

Indian Ink Theatre Company

“total theatre which offers humanity and psychological insight in a package of good plain laughs, luminous performances and brilliant staging”
(Dominion Post, NZ)

Indian Ink is one of New Zealand’s most successful theatre companies. The extraordinary partnership of founders, Justin Lewis and Jacob Rajan (MNZM) has generated a great deal of success in the past 21 years; 13 national and international awards, significant critical acclaim, standing ovations and sell-out seasons in New Zealand and overseas. Since 1997 over 385,000 people have had their lives enriched by our original plays.

National tours reach from Kerikeri to Invercargill, as well as internationally to countries such as the USA, Singapore, India and Australia.

Alongside a team of multi-talented artists, Indian Ink creates spirited, fresh and vibrant theatre that combines artful storytelling, mischievous wit and theatrical magic to unearth the simple truths of life. This truly unique style stands out on the national and global stage.

 Indian Ink Theatre Company

Indian Ink Theatre Company

Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board