Guru of Chai

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“Flawless...Cleverly constructed, full of melodramatic twists and humorous asides”

- Sydney Morning Herald

Guru of Chai

Arts Centre Melbourne presents presents

Guru of Chai

An Indian Ink production

The contradictions of modern India with its iPhones and ancient gods come alive in this outrageously funny and heartbreakingly beautiful romantic thriller.

Amid the chaos of a bustling Bangalore railway station, a poor chai-wallah (tea-seller) has his life changed forever when an abandoned young girl brings the place to a standstill with the beauty of song. Our Guru of Chai (Jacob Rajan) is a bucktoothed chameleon, channelling seventeen different characters and dispensing spiritual wisdom – sometimes questionable – as he plays out this serpentine tale of impossible love and modern day magic. He is by turns charming, loathsome and absurdly profound.

From New Zealand to Edinburgh, Singapore and the US, genre-defying theatre company Indian Ink has been capturing hearts and busting box offices with this heady brew of soul-warming storytelling. Let the guru pour you a cup of his finest, and you'll find that you're the one being stirred. With two Edinburgh Fringe First awards, three Production of the Year awards, as well as achieving Best Play, Best Composer and Best Actor at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards, you're in good hands.

★★★★★“A taste of the real magic of theatre” – ArtsHub (2017)


Writers Jacob Rajan & Justin Lewis
Director Justin Lewis
Dramaturg Murray Edmond
Lighting Designer Cathy Knowsley
Composer & Sound Designer David Ward
Set & Costume Design Concept John Verryt
Musician Adam Ogle

About Jacob Rajan

Jacob Rajan is a founding partner and company director of New Zealand powerhouse theatre company, Indian Ink. An Arts Foundation Laureate, he has performed throughout New Zealand and internationally. His productions blend western theatrical traditions with eastern flavours and have been critically acclaimed for their use of live music, heightened theatricality, humour, pathos and accomplished storytelling.


22 – 27 August

Tuesday 22 August, 8pm
Wednesday 23 August, 8pm
Thursday 24 August, 8pm
Friday 25 August, 8pm
Saturday 26 August, 2pm* & 8pm
Sunday 27 August, 5pm**

*Auslan Interpreted
**Audio Described

Duration: 90 minutes, no interval


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Price range

Three international theatre shows make up the Big World, Up Close series.

Three shows $90 (save $24 per ticket)
Two shows $80 (save $15 per ticket)

Adult: $54
Concession: $45
Under 30s: $30

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Auslan InterpretedAudio Described