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Mrs Krishnan's Party



Indian Ink Theatre Company presents

Written by Jacob Rajan and Justin Lewis


The rules of theatre will be danced around the floor when audiences become active participants in MRS KRISHNAN’S PARTY. Indian Ink’s joyous, life-affirming take on death, rebirth and the impact of community kicks off a national tour from August 8, charming the pants off audiences in Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Wellington and Christchurch. 

Mrs Krishnan’s boarder, overzealous wannabe DJ James, has invited ‘a few friends’ into the back room of the dairy as a special surprise to celebrate Onam and the return home of her son.  When a tonne of strangers turn up and settle in, Mrs K has no choice but to throw the party of her life.  

Indian Ink Theatre Company continues to build bridges across cultures and faiths. Now they’re shaking things up a bit, going immersive and interactive as they blur the line between audience and performers. In MRS KRISHNAN’S PARTY, they’ll push theatrical form, seating the audience around the dining table, standing around the place, and perching them around the kitchen bench in an utterly disarming 75 minutes of comedic odd-couple drama. Together, actors and audience will magically create a community, engaging people in novel ways and leaving them with their bellies and souls fed.
Indians are known for their crazy parties and riotous festivals. Onam, which is championed in this production, is the annual Hindu Festival celebrating the rice harvest, symbolising death and rebirth. This national tour aligns perfectly with Onam celebrations across New Zealand which is observed with numerous festivities including worship, elaborate feasts, elegant dances, energetic games, martial arts, elephants, boat races, flowers and even tug-of-wars!
MRS KRISHNAN’S PARTY is a companion piece to the much-loved Krishnan’s Dairy, the critically-acclaimed production that broke box office records and catapulted Indian Ink Theatre Company onto the national and international stage. One of Indian Ink’s most loved shows, Krishnan’s Dairy celebrates ordinary lives and legendary love, juxtaposing the domestic life of dairy owners Zina and Gobi Krishnan against the mythic love story behind the building of the Taj Mahal. Jacob Rajan’s award-winning performance has enjoyed sell out tours since its premiere in 1997, bringing audiences to their feet in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and the UK.
First came Jacob Rajan, then Madeleine Sami. Now Kalyani Nagarajan is making considerable noise as one of the most in-demand, exciting South Asian-Kiwi acting talents in New Zealand. Just weeks after graduating from Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School in 2015, iconic director Colin McColl cast her in Auckland Theatre Company’s Polo. She’s since toured Australia in the much-loved kid’s epic The Gruffalo, featured in the Auckland Arts Festival hit Tea, and appeared in the third season of telly’s The Brokenwood Mysteries as a highly-suspicious spider conservation crusader. 2017 marked her first collaboration with Indian Ink, touring the country in the hugely successful revival of The Pickle King. 
Kalyani is delighted to lead the cast as Zina Krishnan, joining forces with former drama school classmate Justin Rogers (The Cherry Orchard). Together, they’ll create total theatrical mayhem, walking the line between death and rebirth in a rapidly unfolding comic, odd-couple drama of a careworn, widowed shopkeeper and a naïve party-mad boarder.
Laughter will abound. Tears will be shed. Tea and secrets will be spilled. Mess will be made. Love will be found. Tables will be danced on and strangers will become friends. It’s a party!







WHANGAREI                   August 8-11 at OneOneSix

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HAMILTON                       August 15-18 at The Meteor

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AUCKLAND                       August 22-September 2 at Q Theatre

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NEW PLYMOUTH             September 6-8 at Theatre Royal

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WELLINGTON                   September 19-29 at Te Auaha

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CHRISTCHURCH               October 3-7 at Papa Hou, YMCA

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Earlier Event: August 2