or the Impermanence of Ice Cream

Written By
Jacob Rajan & Justin Lewis
Jacob Rajan & Jon Coddington

or the Impermanence of Ice Cream

Take a wild ride to paradise with Indian Ink’s powerful new play about impermanence – of life, love … and ice cream! 

This glorious production is inspired by Ernest Becker’s Pulitzer prize-winning “Denial of Death,” and the vibrant, life–filled chaos of India’s most cosmopolitan city, Mumbai.   

Jacob Rajan delivers a dazzling solo performance as he channels seven characters, weaving the afterlife and a dash of Bollywood disco into the real life mystery of India’s vanishing vultures. 

A man trying desperately to avoid death is flung between limbo and his past where a rebellious young woman holds the key that may guide him to paradise. 

Infused with serious laughterexquisite puppetry and inspired sound design this show is guaranteed to blow your mind and melt your heart. 

Ticket Information

19 - 28 September 2024
The Court
Tuesday & Thursday 6:30pm
Wednesday & Friday 7:30pm
Saturday 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sunday 4:00pm
Senior 65+$44.00
Friends of the Court$42.00
Student/CSC/Hapai Access (ID required)$29.00
Child (Under 18)$25.00
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...thoroughly engaging...

Theatre Scenes

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To label this a must-see is an understatement …

NZ Herald

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...a poignant production...

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Actor Jacob Rajan looks at the camera in an conversation with Gerry the vulture

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