Discover black holes and the formula for happiness in a tribute to one of the greatest astrophysicists of this century, Subramanyan Chandrasekhar.
The Candlestickmaker tells the story of a young New Zealand Indian student who, Lonely Planet in hand, sets off to discover India and ends up discovering the mysteries of the universe. Science rarely comes wrapped up this warm and funny.
The Candlestickmaker debuted at the New Zealand Festival 2000 in the extraordinary situation of selling out 3 months before opening, the first theatre production to do so.
Commissioned by the New Zealand International Arts Festival.
Jacob is a founding partner of Indian Ink and co-wrote all of Indian Ink’s plays as well as performing in many of them. He is a graduate of Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama school, Otago University (B.Sc Microbiology) and Wellington Teacher’s College. Jacob is an Arts Foundation Laureate and a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to theatre.
Justin is a founding partner of Indian Ink. He has co-written and directed all of Indian Ink’s plays. He is a graduate of the John Bolton Theatre School and the University of Auckland.
Justin was one of the founders of Auckland’s Q Theatre and received a Kaupapa Oranga Award for his services to theatre.
Dramaturge for all of Indian Ink’s productions. Poet, critic and fiction writer, Murray has published many books. Worked for Living Theatre Troupe, Theatre Action, Half Moon Theatre (London), Town and Country Players (founder), and Mercury Theatre. Associate Professor (now retired) of Drama Programmes at Auckland University (1990-2014).
Humour, charm and simplicity underpin the the tale that is spun in The Candlestickmaker.
The Candlestickmaker is the transliterated nickname fellow physicists in the US gave to Subramanyan Chandrasekhar (1910-1995) – most famous for imagining and calculating the probability of black holes.
Out of the dairy, into the cosmos. White dwarfs, black holes and the LONELY PLANET are the inspiration for the latest collaboration from the team that gave us Krishnan’s Dairy.