Modern India, a world of cyberspace and ancient gods.

In the swirling buzz of a railway station, a young girl is abandoned and brings the place to a standstill with a beautiful song. Among the throng is a poor chai-wallah (tea-seller) and in that sweet moment his life is turned upside-down. Our Guru (Jacob Rajan) is a bucktoothed chameleon, channelling seventeen different characters and dispensing questionable spiritual wisdom as he plays out a serpentine tale of impossible love and modern-day magic.

Marvellous. You feel amazed and dizzied by this solo turn of Jacob’s. His theatricality and skill are unlike anything that we see, really. – Eamon

An Indian Ink Theatre Company production.


Jacob Rajan


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

Performance Times

Tuesday & Wednesday 7pm
Thursday & Friday 8.15pm
Saturday 2.15pm & 8.15pm
Sunday 5.15pm

Preview (bookable)
7pm, 16 May

Opening night (invitation only)
7pm, 17 May

Running Time
90 minutes, no interval


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Guru of Chai is pure magic … must be seen by all lovers of theatre.

Moreen Eason & John Jefferies | Theatre Review, Dunedin

A gift.

James Wenley | Theatre Scenes, Auckland

Rajan’s performance is a mesmerising blend of dazzling showmanship and pure charisma.

Paul Simei-Barton | NZ Herald

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

Jason Blake | Eight Nights A Week