of Chai

Written By
Jacob Rajan & Justin Lewis
Jacob Rajan & Adam Ogle

About the

One of Indian Ink’s most loved plays, Guru of Chai has been described as a work of genius.

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, channelling 17 characters and delivering a serpentine romantic thriller while dispensing dubious spiritual wisdom. Laughter, heartbreak and enlightenment abound – with a killer live soundtrack.

Awarded Best Actor, Best Composer, and Best New Play

Ticket Information

On sale from:
15 November to 20 December 2023
Q Theatre, Auckland 12 -23 June 2024
Discounted A Reserve$60
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masterful storytelling, impeccable comic timing and charismatic performance

Herald Sun

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Nothing short of genius

Time Out Singapore

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Sydney Morning Herald

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Sheer brilliance… a joy to behold

NZ Listener

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NZ Herald

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Makes you laugh, shows you magic and touches your heart

Arts Hub Sydney

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Our Cast
And Crew


Actor Jacob Rajan stands with a surprised look on his face holding a lantern

Guru of Chai: An India of Jacob Rajan’s imagination

Rajan who takes on the delightful role of the guru as well as 17 characters in Guru of Chai, says the play is based on an Indian fairy tale.

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Actor Jacob Rajan as Kutisar, played by Jacob Rajan, makes a shadow puppet of a parrot with his hands in a dark room.

Guru Imparts his Comic Wisdom

The wisdom of the Guru Kutisah is good for what ails you.

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Actor Jacob Rajan stands in front of a white door holding a lantern

A Taste Of Magic, Guru Of Chai Is A Joy Which Makes You Laugh And Touches Your Heart

Guru of Chai is a taste of the real magic of theatre, a wonderful performer telling a story which makes you laugh, shows you magic, and touches your heart.

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