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Written By Jacob Rajan and Justin Lewis

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. 

Don’t miss out; the preview season sold out two weeks before opening and Paradise has already been snapped up for North American touring in early 2022. 

 

“I am totally captivated and keen to see more” – Theatreview 

  • from 20 May to 05 June 2021
    Wellington - Te Auaha
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  • from 09 June to 27 June 2021
    Auckland - Q Theatre
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  • from 02 July to 04 July 2021
    Tauranga - Baycourt Addison Theatre
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  • from 07 July to 11 July 2021
    Hamilton - The Meteor
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  • from 29 July to 30 July 2021
    New Plymouth - TSB Theatre
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  • from 06 August to 07 August 2021
    Upper Hutt - Expressions Theatre
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  • from 12 August to 14 August 2021
    Kāpiti - Te Raukura ki Kāpiti
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  • from 19 August to 21 August 2021
    Nelson - Theatre Royal Nelson
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  • one night only 25 August 2021
    Ōamaru - Opera House
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  • one night only 27 August 2021
    Dunedin - The Regent
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  • from 31 August to 01 September 2021
    Christchurch - Isaac Theatre Royal
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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

Jacob Rajan

Writer & Performer

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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.

David Ward

Musician

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David Ward

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.

Jon Coddington

Puppeteer

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Jon Coddington

Jon Coddington promotes himself as a theatre designer and collaborator, illustrator, animator and sculptor, and has been primarily working as a puppeteer and puppet maker for 8 years. Highlights include sell-out Wellington, Auckland, Dunedin, Adelaide, Perth, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival hit Puppet Fiction (2012-18), a marionette homage to the movie Pulp Fiction, and the manipulation and making of marionettes and puppets for Fat Freddy’s Drop’s music videos ‘Clean The House’ and ‘Special Edition’. Recently he has worked in screen puppetry with training by Muppeteer Peter Linz at Whoa Studios in Auckland, created puppets for the New Zealand Arts Festival show ‘The Devil’s Half Acre’, NZ Comedy Festival show ‘Hand To God’, and recently created puppets and performed in Silo theatre’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’.

Andrew Potvin

Production & Tour Manager

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Andrew Potvin

Andrew is the Director of Andrew Potvin Designs Ltd which specialises in tour management, business development and lighting design. He has a professional theatre portfolio spanning eighteen years across New Zealand and his homeland of the United States of America. Andrew started his New Zealand portfolio in Auckland as Technical Manager of the Basement Theatre (2011), and has gone on to work with companies such as Q Theatre, Indian Ink Theatre Company and Auckland Theatre Company, mainly in design and production roles. With Tour-Makers he has co-produced national tours of The White Guitar, Triumphs and Other Alternatives, The Book of Everything, Modern Maori Quartet, Daffodils, Live Live Cinema’s Little Shop of Horrors and The Mooncake and the Kumara. Recent design credits include Auckland Theatre Company’s Guys and Dolls and Opera Factory’s The Medium.

In 2019 Andrew hits the road with Indian Ink Theatre Company as Production and Stage Manager for their international and national touring of Mrs Krishnan’s Party.

Andrew is a member of ETNZ, EVANZ and MTNZ .

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.

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 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)

David Ward

Composer & Sound Design

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David Ward

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.

Jon Coddington

Puppet Design & Maker

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Jon Coddington

Jon Coddington promotes himself as a theatre designer and collaborator, illustrator, animator and sculptor, and has been primarily working as a puppeteer and puppet maker for 8 years. Highlights include sell-out Wellington, Auckland, Dunedin, Adelaide, Perth, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival hit Puppet Fiction (2012-18), a marionette homage to the movie Pulp Fiction, and the manipulation and making of marionettes and puppets for Fat Freddy’s Drop’s music videos ‘Clean The House’ and ‘Special Edition’. Recently he has worked in screen puppetry with training by Muppeteer Peter Linz at Whoa Studios in Auckland, created puppets for the New Zealand Arts Festival show ‘The Devil’s Half Acre’, NZ Comedy Festival show ‘Hand To God’, and recently created puppets and performed in Silo theatre’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’.

Andrew Potvin

Lighting Design

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Andrew Potvin

Andrew is the Director of Andrew Potvin Designs Ltd which specialises in tour management, business development and lighting design. He has a professional theatre portfolio spanning eighteen years across New Zealand and his homeland of the United States of America. Andrew started his New Zealand portfolio in Auckland as Technical Manager of the Basement Theatre (2011), and has gone on to work with companies such as Q Theatre, Indian Ink Theatre Company and Auckland Theatre Company, mainly in design and production roles. With Tour-Makers he has co-produced national tours of The White Guitar, Triumphs and Other Alternatives, The Book of Everything, Modern Maori Quartet, Daffodils, Live Live Cinema’s Little Shop of Horrors and The Mooncake and the Kumara. Recent design credits include Auckland Theatre Company’s Guys and Dolls and Opera Factory’s The Medium.

In 2019 Andrew hits the road with Indian Ink Theatre Company as Production and Stage Manager for their international and national touring of Mrs Krishnan’s Party.

Andrew is a member of ETNZ, EVANZ and MTNZ .

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