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Indian Ink Invite You On A Mammoth Adventure


Indian Ink Theatre Company Presents
The Elephant Thief
Written by Jacob Rajan and Justin Lewis.
Directed by Justin Lewis.

Prepare to be taken to the edge of the world and back when Indian Ink Theatre Company return with the riotous and colourful world premiere of The Elephant Thief at Hamilton’s Meteor Theatre from 5th Dec – 12th Dec. With a fresh new cast, delightful story and the colossal task of bringing an elephant to the stage, Indian Ink will deliver an outrageous new production full of laughter and heartbreak.

A female mahout fights to save her elephant from a world hell bent on stealing it from her. As she battles corrupt officials, hungry poachers, fanatical leaders and supreme beings, an unlikely love story unfolds and a quiet revolution ferments.

The Elephant Thief is co-created by the enduring and successful partnership of Jacob Rajan and Justin Lewis, whose beloved works such as Kiss the Fish, The Guru of Chai and Krishnan’s Dairy have seen them regularly touring the globe including the U.K., the U.S.A, Germany, India, Singapore, Australia and of course New Zealand. The Elephant Thief has been two years in the making and Hamilton audiences will be the first to see this magical production take flight.

“Indian Ink make theatrical magic look easy” -Taranaki Daily News

Inspired by a recent trip to India, this timely piece weaves together elements of song, comedy and plenty of larger than life characters whilst touching on the more serious issue of humankind’s effect on this planet. With experts warning that African elephants could be extinct within the next few decades, The Elephant Thief pays homage to this beautiful animal whilst painting a picture of a not so far flung future.

Multi-talented composer and musician, David Ward, takes the creative role of Musical Director and composer. David has collaborated for over 10 years with the company and his atmospheric music is an integral part of the Indian Ink flavor. The ensemble sees the return of old favourites Nisha Madhan (Shortland Street, Blue Rose) andJulia Croft (The Arrival, Agent Anna) who charmed audiences in Kiss the Fish. Indian Ink also welcomes fresh new faces; taking the lead role of the Elephant’s owner isVanessa Kumar (The Battalion, Peter Pan), alongside Jonathon Price (Don Juan, An Awfully Big Adventure) and Patrick Carroll (The Book of Everything, Alice in Wonderland).

“At Indian Ink we are always looking for new stories to tell and characters to bring to life. The Elephant Thief brings a fresh breath of air to the stage with a vibrant cast and a majestic character from the animal kingdom” – Justin Lewis.

Transforming The Meteor Theatre into a wild mix of locations and bringing the elephant to life give a fantastic challenge to the design team of Jane Hakaraia (Lighting design),Sarah-Jayne Blake and Stephen Bain (Set and Costume design).

The Elephant Thief plays:
The Meteor Theatre, Hamilton: 5th December – 12th December
Tickets from, ph 0508 484 253


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