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Indian Ink’s New Work Unmasks Trouble In Paradise

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Indian Ink’s New Work Unmasks Trouble In Paradise

Indian Ink Theatre Company presents

Directed by Justin Lewis / Written by Jacob Rajan and Justin Lewis

Having thrilled audiences worldwide with their artful storytelling blended with theatrical magic, Indian Ink’s highly anticipated new work, Kiss The Fish, premières this 2013.

Magic formula...clever theatrical touches…sheer brilliance..a joy to behold” 
NZ Listener

Karukam Island is the tropical paradise of everyone’s dreams but Sidu can’t wait to escape. Trapped in a life that is too slow, he yearns to be the next Freddie Mercury. But when an eco resort being built on the Island threatens his family’s traditional way of life, it’s up to Sidu to decide the fate of Karukam Island. Will he sacrifice his own dreams for the future of his people or will he kiss tradition goodbye?

Kiss The Fish sees Jacob Rajan, Arts Foundation Laureate and Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (for services to theatre), joined on stage by an ensemble of accomplished actors; Nisha Madhan (Show Pony, Shortland Street), Julia Croft (Paper Sky, The Arrival) and Regan Taylor (nominated “Best New Director” – Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards 2012) and award winning musician David Ward. Under the skillful direction of Justin Lewis, they give puppetry and Balinese comic mask a riotous Indian Ink reinvention.

Combining pathos and humour that is key to Indian Ink’s unique style of theatre, Rajan and Lewis take inspiration from their international experiences, (South-east Asia, tropical paradises, tourism developments in India, Rabindranath Tagore’s writings) to craft a work about dreams; our dreams of happiness, our dreams for the future and what we leave behind for our children.

Rajan is a masterful storyteller and a gifted comic actor
Sydney Morning Herald

One of New Zealand’s leading theatre companies, Indian Ink’s use of ‘The Serious Laugh’ (using laughter to open the audience to serious themes), is central to the company’s approach along with a love of mask and of story.

New Zealand audiences have hungered for a new work from Indian Ink since the 2010 premiere of Guru of Chai. It was this very show that helped the company realise one of their long term ambitions earlier this year, when they toured the United States, performing the popular show in New York as part of APAP - the largest performing arts market in the world.

10th – 17th August 2013
Clarence Street Theatre, 59 Clarence Street, Hamilton
Bookings: or 0800 842 538

14th September – 5th October 2013
Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street, Auckland
Bookings: Q Theatre – or 09 309 9771

Tickets: $25 - $55 (service fees may apply)


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