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An Ode to Joy
Written By Jacob Rajan and Justin Lewis

Indian Ink’s newest play surprises as our actors are joined on stage by a different choir every night.

The choirs have rehearsed their songs but have no idea of the story as they are plunged into the world of the modern office. The actors deftly guide the chorus through a hilarious drama that is elevated by the beauty and power of people harmonising in song.

Featuring contemporary New Zealand hits and a fresh take on classic tunes, Dirty Work is a comedy about finding joy in the eternal toil of work.

Born out of a collaboration with choral master John Rosser, leading choir Viva Voce and featuring over 20 people on stage we take things up an octave in our biggest show ever.

Indian Ink’s award-winning creative team continue to astonish as we celebrate 25 years of world-class theatre. Jacob Rajan zooms in for a very special guest appearance, Justin Rogers returns following his brilliant performance in Mrs Krishnan’s Party and we can’t wait to introduce you to Adeline Esther and Catherine Yates

This world premier is a celebration of unsung heroes that is guaranteed to excite and delight.

“Some of the best theatre in the world” – NZ Herald

Exciting Opportunity for Singers!

Find out more Here

  • from 22 September to 02 October 2022
    TAPAC - Auckland
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Private Show Information

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.

Cast & Crew

Justin Rogers

Performer

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Justin Rogers

Since graduating Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, Justin has enjoyed working across stage and screen with highlights including Shortland Street: The Musical, The Cherry Orchard, The Master Builder as well as film projects To The Other Side and Get Plugged. Justin is also a magician and magic consultant for theatre.

Adeline Esther

Performer

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Adeline Esther

Adeline Esther Shaddick grew up in Papakura, Tāmaki Makaurau. She went on to study at Victoria University of Wellington where she created various theatre productions including 21st Narcissus and Knifed. She continued working on her craft at The Actors’ Program, John Bolton Theatre School (Melbourne) and Kacie Stetson Studios. Adeline has been fortunate enough to work on projects including, Periyanayaki and It’s Soaking Out Here.

This will be Adeline’s debut production with Indian Ink Theatre Company.

Catherine Yates

Performer

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Catherine Yates

Since graduating from Unitec, Catherine has worked across stage and screen with highlights including Tender|Here and now, Mackenzies Daughters, Lust Island, as well as screen projects Wellington Paranormal and the latest Grab a Seat series campaign.

This will be Catherine’s debut production with Indian Ink Theatre Company. 

Ben Kubiak

Performer

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Ben Kubiak

Ben can usually be found behind a piano, working as a répétiteur and orchestral pianist on productions for New Zealand Opera and G&T/Amici Productions, and as a pianist and vocal coach at the University of Auckland and the New Zealand Opera School, alongside freelance accompanying work for numerous choirs. His work as a musical director includes productions with the National Youth Theatre, Auckland Music Theatre, and the Junior Theatre Festival of New Zealand. He also performs as a singer, having performed roles for the Court Theatre in Christchurch and Amici Productions in Auckland, as well as concert performances as a soloist with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Bach Musica. In his copious free time, he lectures at the University of Auckland, where he recently completed his PhD in musicology. 

Sam Mence

Production & Tour Manager / LX & SX Operator

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Sam Mence

Sam is the Director of Creative Ambiance Stage Technologies Ltd or CASTL for short. A talented stage technician, he’s worked in Design, Management, Setup and Operation of multiple live performancesincluding Art Installations, Opera, Theatre, Dance, Circus and all manner of Music concerts. Sam’s first production with Indian Ink was The Pickle King in 2017

Jacob Rajan

Writer

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Jacob Rajan

Company Director, Writer & Performer

Jacob is an Arts Foundation Laureate and founding partner of Indian Ink. He collaborated to create Krishnan’s Dairy, The Candlestickmaker, The Pickle King, The Dentist’s Chair, The Guru of Chai and Kiss the Fish and has performed them throughout New Zealand and internationally.

Jacob won “Best Actor” in the 2010 Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards for ‘The Guru of Chai’. He has also received an accolade for acting excellence and was nominated for the Stage Award for Best Actor at the   Edinburgh Fringe. Jacob has featured on New Zealand TV series (Outrageous Fortune and Shortland Street). In 2013 Jacob was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in the New Year’s Honours List.

Jacob’s family originates in Kerala, Southern India. He was born in Malaysia and immigrated to New Zealand at the age of four. Jacob has a degree in microbiology, a teacher’s diploma and is a graduate of Toi Whakaari – The New Zealand Drama School.

Justin Lewis

Writer & Director

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Justin Lewis

Company Director, Writer & Artistic Director

Justin is a founding partner of Indian Ink and collaborated with Jacob Rajan to create the company’s works: Krishnan’s Dairy, The Candlestickmaker, The Pickle King, The Dentist’s Chair, Guru of Chai and Kiss the Fish.  Indian Ink’s productions have won numerous awards including two Edinburgh Fringe First Awards and Three production of the Year Awards in New Zealand. Justin has produced numerous national and international tours.  He is Deputy Chair of Q Theatre and has been heavily involved in its development from the beginning. In 2008 he received a Kaupapa Oranga Award for his services to theatre. Justin is a graduate of the John Bolton Theatre School and University of Auckland.

John Verryt

Set Design

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John Verryt

Set & Costume Design

John has worked on all of Indian Ink’s productions to date. With over 30 years experience he is one of New Zealand’s leading performance designers with an extensive portfolio of work including designs for NBR New Zealand Opera, Black Grace Dance Company, Douglas Wright and Auckland Theatre Company.

Elizabeth Whiting

Costume Design

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Elizabeth Whiting

COSTUME DESIGNER 2018

Background
Elizabeth has designed costumes for New Zealand Opera, Auckland Theatre Company, NZ Festival and Auckland Festival, Silo, Court Theatre, Red Leap and Okareka Dance, Black Grace, Douglas Wright Dance, Michael Parmenter, Atimira, NZ Dance Company and the Royal New Zealand Ballet. She designed costumes for Pop-Up Theatre London for Edinburgh Festival.

Elizabeth has designed the costumes for The World of Wearable Art core show in Wellington for the last six years.

Awards
In 2010 she won the Chapman Tripp Costume Design Award for The Arrival. (Red Leap). She represented New Zealand at the Prague Design Quadrennial in 2003 with her costumes for ‘Falstaff’, and again in 2007 with a team of designers who created the exhibition Blow. Her designs for Marriage of Figaro have just been seen in Seattle and her costume designs for Tosca in Perth had a great reception.
Elizabeth designed Bonefeeder (Auckland Festival), Uncle Vanya (Court Theatre), Kororareka (Red Leap), Spirit House (Nightsong Productions), Kiss the Sky (NZDC) and Nell Gwynn (ATC) in 2017. She also designed Blonde Poison (Plumb Productions) and Orchids (Foster Group).
Hudson and Halls Live, The Mooncake and the Kumara, and Te Po are three shows which were successfully remounted last year using her costume designs.

Elizabeth has designed Under the Mountain (ATC) this year and is in the process of designing The Cherry Orchard (ATC) and La Boheme (NZ Opera)

Jo Kilgour

Lighting Design

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Jo Kilgour

Jo Kilgour is an Auckland-based Technical Director & Lighting Designer with extensive touring and festival experience.

Murray Edmond

Dramaturge

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Murray Edmond

Dramaturg

Murray has been dramaturg on all of Indian Ink’s productions. A poet and founder of Town and Country players (NZ), Murray has recently retired from his role as Professor of Drama at Auckland University where he headed the Drama course.

John Rosser

Choral Advisor

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John Rosser

John Rosser CNZM founded and still conducts Auckland chamber choir Viva Voce, which in its 37 years has performed more than 400 concerts throughout the country. New Zealand Opera’s Associate Conductor and Chorus Master for 23 years, he became inaugural Chair of the New Zealand Choral Federation in 2006 and was made a life member in 2018. National Director of both The Big Sing and Sing Aotearoa, John devised and led the NZCF Anthems Project for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. He was appointed Artistic Director of the 2020 World Symposium on Choral Music, was elected to the board of the International Federation for Choral Music in the same year and will direct Auckland’s hosting of the World Choir Games in July 2024. John was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2022 New Year’s Honours List.

Ben Kubiak

Musical Director

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Ben Kubiak

Ben can usually be found behind a piano, working as a répétiteur and orchestral pianist on productions for New Zealand Opera and G&T/Amici Productions, and as a pianist and vocal coach at the University of Auckland and the New Zealand Opera School, alongside freelance accompanying work for numerous choirs. His work as a musical director includes productions with the National Youth Theatre, Auckland Music Theatre, and the Junior Theatre Festival of New Zealand. He also performs as a singer, having performed roles for the Court Theatre in Christchurch and Amici Productions in Auckland, as well as concert performances as a soloist with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Bach Musica. In his copious free time, he lectures at the University of Auckland, where he recently completed his PhD in musicology. 

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