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Written By Jacob Rajan and Justin Lewis

We are ready to go now that New Zealand is in Orange!

Premiered in 2017

Starring Kalyani Nagarajan and Justin Rogers

Step into the back room of Mrs Krishnan’s dairy where garlands decorate the ceiling, music flows and Mrs Krishnan is throwing a party like no other.  Food simmers on the stove, laughter abounds and strangers become friends in this joyous celebration of life.

Watch the actors juggle cooking, music and guests in an unfolding drama where no two nights are the same.  Kalyani Nagarajan and Justin Rogers have reviewers singing their praises and audiences leaping to their feet in appreciation.

“The delightful Kalyani Nagarajan is the catalyst who really gets the party going and makes the audience feel like family.” The Vancouver Sun

“I feel revived. I don’t know when I’ve left the theatre feeling so refreshed and renewed”   Colin Thomas Vancouver

“So different, so original, so creatively fresh and so much fun no one wanted to go home” Waikato Times

“A joyful, highly theatrical celebration”   NZ Herald

Double the Fun

To celebrate 25 years of Indian Ink we’re performing Krishnan’s Dairy and Mrs Krishnan’s Party together for the first time ever.  See where it all started and where the story ends up two decades later.

Krishnan’s Dairy  “Comic genius” Melbourne Age

Read the 2022 programme: An Impressive 2022 programme to mark a quarter-century of Indian Ink

Read the serendipitous meeting between Jacob Rajan and Justin Lewis: Let’s Play

Places At The Party

Ticketing for Mrs Krishnan’s Party is a key part of the audience experience. The show is like a party and the audience are the guests.

We have come up with fun titles for the five different ticket types for the show, each of which are playfully named around the sort of people you might see at a party.

In light of Omicron, we’ll be making some modifications to this production to keep everyone safe eg. no balloons – but you will get streamers instead!. However, given the action happens in and around the audience, masks are a requirement.

I know what you’re thinking – Covid makes planning risky, right?
Rest easy, my friend, we’ve got you!
Mrs Krishnan’s Party is short, with no interval.
Our venues have high ceilings and supremely well-ventilated spaces.
Mask wearing is required to keep you and everyone around you safe.
If you feel unwell, you can transfer your tickets to another night.*
If you don’t get better in time, you can get a refund.*
If a show is cancelled, a full refund will be issued.
We’ll follow all guidelines and will do all we can to ensure a safe environment alongside our warm welcome back.
*For a refund or transfer notify us at least 4 hours prior to the show time.

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  • from 22 October to 23 October 2022
    Toitoi - Hawke's Bay Arts & Events Centre
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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

Kalyani Nagarajan

Actor

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Kalyani Nagarajan

Kalyani Nagarajan is a graduate of Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School. She has worked extensively on stage with companies such as Auckland Theatre Company, Indian Ink, Agaram Productions and Auckland Live. Her most recent works include Auckland Theatre Company’s, The Master Builder and the Indian Ink’s international tour of Mrs Krishnan’s Party. Nagarajan is currently starring in Pax Assadi’s latest television series, Raised by Refugees.  She has worked with master tutor Philippe Gaulier in France, where she studied clown, mask and melodrama. She has guest lectured at several North American universities, including Virginia Tech, The University of Utah, The University of Seattle and The University of Richmond. Nagarajan has created her own yearlong acting courses at The Performing Arts Centre and has a passion for comedy and character work. She has been a voice-over artist for shows such as The Tales of Nai Nai and is a part of the Snort improv troupe. Nagarajan has received a grant with POP film Ltd to create her latest feature film and is reorienting herself to become a director/writer in the screen industry. 

Justin Rogers

Actor

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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.

Te Huamanuka Luiten-Apirana

Assistant Stage Manager/ Party Girl

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Te Huamanuka Luiten-Apirana

Actor/ writer/ artist Te Huamanuka Luiten-Apirana (ngĀti hikairo), grew up in Waikato and Te Tairāwhiti. After graduating South Seas Film School and The Actor’s Program, Manuka has acted in three’s hit drama “head high”, written award-winning play “Lip sync, kanikani, twerk off!”, and recently received Creative New Zealand’s Māori Emerging Artist Ngā Manu Pīrere award 2021.

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.

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.

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.

D. Andrew Potvin

Production & Stage Manager

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D. Andrew Potvin

Andrew is the Director of Andrew Potvin Designs Ltd, specialising in tour and production management, ticketing and lighting design. He has a live events portfolio spanning eighteen years across the globe, from his native United State of America to his adopted homeland of New Zealand. He is thrilled to be in his 6th year collaborating with Indian Ink Theatre Company.

Andrew’s New Zealand career began in Auckland as Technical Manager of the Basement Theatre. He has since gone on to work with companies such as iTICKET, PANNZ (Performing Arts Network of New Zealand/Tour-Makers) Q Theatre, Amici Productions and Auckland Theatre Company.

With Tour-Makers (Producer – Technical & Logistics) he has co-produced national tours of That Bloody WomanThe White Guitar, Anzac Eve, As Night Falls, Triumphs and Other Alternatives, The Book of Everything, Modern Maori QuartetDaffodils, Live Live Cinema’s Little Shop of Horrors and The Mooncake and the Kumara. With Indian Ink Theatre Company he has tour managed productions of The Pickle King, Mrs Krishnan’s Party and Paradise or the Impermanence of Ice Cream.

Andrew is a member of Entertainment Venues Association of New Zealand, Entertainment Technology New Zealand and Musical Theatre New Zealand.

John Verryt

Set Designer

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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.

Fiona Nichols

Costume Designer

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Fiona Nichols

Fiona has previously worked with Indian Ink as assistant to John Verryt making costumes for The Dentist’s Chair.

She has worked in the costume department on a large variety of productions including Star Wars Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith in Australia, Spartacus, local telefeature Jean, The Westside TV Series and numerous theatre and opera productions.

Fiona recently costume designed the short film 21 Points.

Jane Hakaraia

Lighting Designer

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Jane Hakaraia

Lighting Designer

A designer with a degree in product design but her first and longest love is lighting for theatre. This year Jane has toured Daffodils with Bullet Heart Club, designed the set for a TV game show, lit Hikoi for Auckland Arts Festival and Eight Gigabytes for Silo Theatre and is currently working on a veggie garden for Aotea square.

Liam Kelly

Sound Designer

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Liam Kelly

Liam Kelly is a 21 year old theatre maker and musician from Wellington. He has acted, directed and written music for various shows in Wellington over the last 3 years, including shows such as Fred is Cold, Suddenly! A Musical and SUPER CLEAN in the 2017 Fringe Festival. Liam is currently a part of Playshop, where he often musos, and in the past has been a part of Long Cloud Youth Theatre, with whom he went to Canberra for the STAB show Dead Men’s Wars. He is currently studying his Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Practice at Victoria University.

Ankita Singh

Content Producer, Photographer

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Ankita Singh

Ankita has recently graduated from AUT with a Bachelor in Communication Studies and is ready to take on the world armed with a passion for the arts and a copious amount of caffeine. Ankita is a multi-disciplinary photographer and filmmaker specialising in digital media. She worked as the Marketing Intern for Indian Ink in 2017, producing the marketing campaign for “Mrs Krishnan’s Party” and is back as Concept Designer for “Welcome to the Murder House”.

Bala Murali Shingade

Assistant Director, Videographer

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Bala Murali Shingade

Inkspiration

  • Jacob & Justin's Notes

For the uninitiated “Krishnan’s Dairy” was the name of our very first play. A love story set in a corner shop, the power of which caught everyone by surprise – including us. That shop has kept its doors open for 20 years, touring the length and breath of these shores and beyond and becoming as loved and cherished as a child. The story you’re taking part in tonight picks up 7 years after that original tale left off. Don’t worry, you don’t have to have seen “Krishnan’s Dairy” to enjoy the party. All you need is here, in the strangers that surround you and the imagination that abounds within and the wonder of what’s going to happen next. That moment of not knowing, of being lost and confused, excited and a little scared is really what tonight is about: change. Something has to die in order for something to be renewed. It’s a tough lesson but a constant, existing at every stage of life and extremely present for us in a world that seems to be spinning ever faster. But rather than bemoan how hard it is to get to grips with all this shifting sand we want to celebrate the new castles we will build from it. That first step into the unknown is terrifying for the characters you’re about to meet but necessary for them to grow. We hope you’ll enjoy reassuring them that they’re not alone.

Party on!

 

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