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Guru of Chai by Indian Ink

Saturday 14th-Sunday 15th September 2024

Guru of Chai has been described as a work of genius.

The contradictions of modern India, with its iPhones and ancient gods, come alive in this much loved play from one of New Zealand’s finest performers.

A poor chai-wallah (tea-seller) has his life changed forever when a young girl is abandoned at a busy railway station and brings the place to a standstill with the beauty of her singing.

Jacob Rajan stars as a buck-toothed Guru, dispensing dubious spiritual wisdom while channelling 17 perfectly realised characters in this gripping romantic thriller.

Outrageously funny and heartbreakingly beautiful, with a killer live sound track, this is not to be missed.

Winner: Best Actor, Best Composer, Best New Play
“Genius” – Stuff
“Flawless” – Sydney Morning Herald
“Mesmerizing” – NZ Herald
“Sheer brilliance… a joy to behold” - NZ Listener
“Makes you laugh, shows you magic and touches your heart “– Arts Hub Sydney. *****

Brought to you by: INDIAN INK


September 14–15


Saturday 7pm; Sunday 1pm


Nelson & suburbs


Theatre Royal
78 Rutherford St, Nelson

Tickets, Bookings and Entry

Prices $25 - $60 (plus service fee)

Tickets from Theatre Royal Nelson ph. 03 548 3840 ext 1.


Ph. 03 548 3840

Additional Info

Official Website


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