Writer & Performer
Premiered in 2013
The winds of change are sweeping the sleepy island of Karukam. A new resort promises a brighter future for all until fate puts the hopes of the community in the hands of Sidu – the village idiot!
Feel the hot breath of a wild monkey on your neck and “songs that make you tingle” Nelson Mail.
Hilarious, heartfelt and inspired by incredible true events this is a “comic love story of epic proportions.” NZ Herald
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.
The all-inclusive fee for this wonderul and unforgettable experience is only NZ$6,500 including GST.
Jacob Rajan establishes a commanding presence NZ Herald by Paul Simei-Barton
Writer & Performer
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.
A graduate of Unitec’s Performing and Screen Arts programme. James is also a co-founder of Pretty Asian Theatre. Outside of theatre, James is one of New Zealand’s youngest professional stand-up comedians.
A graduate of Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School and Canterbury University (BA in English and Theatre). Julia has also trained at L’Ecole Philippe Gaullier in Paris.
A graduate of Unitec’s School of Performing & Screen Arts & is the founder of Phundmi Productions. Nisha has also trained at L’Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris & won the Q Theatre, Auckland, Best Newcomer Theatre-Maker award for her direction of ‘Cowboy Mouth’.
Composer & Musician
Musician, Compser and Musical Director
A Jazz Graduate from the Wellington Conservatorium of Music, David has twice won “Most Outstanding Composer” at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards for his work on Guru of Chai and Kiss The Fish.
Writer & Director
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.
Lightning Designer & Tech Manager
Lighting Designer / Technical Manager
Cathy has over 20 year’s experience in theatre production and touring. She first joined the Indian Ink team in1998 and when not on tour with Indian Ink specialises in event management and health and safety with her company HiViz Event Management.
Set & Costume Designer
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.
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.
Kiss The Fish is inspired by Justin Lewis’ experience on Tioman Island in Malaysia, where a grand resort was being built on the hill overlooking a sleepy village. The resort had been completed right down to the beds but was entirely occupied by monkeys who became aggressive you went near. Justin was curious as to why?
The resort was being built with money from outside the island and the developers had neglected to secure any water to fill the resorts swimming pools and bathtubs. Rights to the water were held by a local rice farmer who refused to sell. Without water the resort could not open and the monkeys took over.
Kiss the Fish is also informed by Justin’s research in India where he observed tourism developments in the Kerala backwaters and by his and Jacob’s time spent in Bali.
The contradictions of modern India with its iPhones and ancient gods come alive in this outrageously funny and heartbreakingly beautiful romantic thriller.
Once the finest hotel in town, the Empire is now as faded as the dreams of the piano player who haunts the lobby.
Discover black holes and the formula for happiness in a tribute to one of the greatest astrophysicists of this century, Subramanyan Chandrasekhar.
This deliciously dark comedy hit a nerve at the New Zealand International Festival, captivating audiences and selling out.
If you think the world is crazy now you should see it in 50 years time. Take a look into our cracked crystal ball into a future where India is the most powerful nation on earth.
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