Guru of Chai is set to be an extraordinary display of acting stamina and skill : Jacob Rajan will take the stage at Belvoir to present a one-man show in which he plays 17 different characters.
That might sound like a daunting role for some actors, but Rajan says after working on creating the play for two years, by the time he hits the stage, “It’s not so much figuring out how to get into character, but the characters are screaming to get out of you.”
The show will also feature a live musician on stage.
Indian Ink Theatre company’s use of live music has become a well-loved virture of their idiosyncratic style. They are now in their 20th year, and are unarguably one of New Zealand’s most successful theatre companies.
Transporting the audience to India, Guru of Chai tells the story of a tea seller who claims to be a highly spiritual guru, who has come to “take away all that is wrong in your life”, but throughout the evening reveals stories about his own experiences that are at times sad, romantic and hilarious.
The show claimed Play Of The Year, Composer Of The Year and Actor Of The Year when it first opened in New Zealand. It also hit the big time in North America touring coast to coast, recieving standing ovations throughout.
Tickets have almost sold out for this short run of shows at Belvoir, so get in quick.
May 16-Jun 4, Various performance times. Belvoir St Theatre, 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills. $25-$48. Tickets & Info: www.belvoir.com.au or 02 9699 3444
By Alexander Yujin