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Note: This production is known as 'Guru Of Chai' in other countries

Secrets of Life, Love, and Everything
Written By Jacob Rajan & Justin Lewis

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 (tea-seller) 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, channeling 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).

Extremely talented and award-winning multi-instrumentalist Ogle plays the banjo, drum machine, whistles and even a humble plastic bag deftly weaving a vibrant musical score with an atmospheric soundscape. This is Ogle’s second show with Indian Ink after his stunning debut in their acclaimed production The Elephant Thief.

Scooping Best Play, Best Actor and Best Composer on debut, Guru of Chai has gone on to sell out tours around the world ultimately being picked up by a top U.S agent. Coast to coast tours across the states have bought audiences to their feet pronouncing it “the best show”.

Private Performances 

Looking for an utterly satisfying, uniquely personal arts experience?

We have just the ticket!

Jacob Rajan (MNZM) brings new meaning to the phrase up-close-and-personal by providing a humorous, entertaining and inspiring experience that is so delightful and unique, neither you nor your discerning guests will ever forget it.

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Photo Credits: Robert Catto, Tina Colella Photography

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Want your own private audience with the Guru?

A limited range of dates are available for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Contact Jude Froude below.

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What do you get?

The Company brings lighting, set, costumes, and props to your selected venue (e.g. home or office) to create a truly magical occasion for your invited audience. There is no limit to the number of guests you can invite - as long as there's enough space for them and the performers. The Artists are Arts Laureate Jacob Rajan and talented young musician Adam Ogle, supported by our stage manager who will ensure that all technical and production elements happen without a hiccup. The performance lasts 80 minutes and as an added bonus, if you wish it, Jacob is happy to chat with your guests after the show.

What does it cost?

The all-inclusive fee for this wonderul and unforgettable experience is only NZ$6,500 including GST.

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