The Guru of Chai
Co-presented by Singapore Repertory Theatre and
Indian Ink Theatre Company
DBS Arts Centre - Home of SRT
19 - 29 Jan 2011
Winner of Best New Play, Best Actor and Best Composer at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards 2010
If you saw Krishnan’s Dairy, The Candlestickmaker or The Pickle King, you will know why Singapore Repertory Theatre is collaborating again with New Zealand’s Indian Ink Theatre Company to present their latest production, The Guru of Chai.
Once a millennium there comes a teacher who awakens us all to the power of the divine. But if you can’t wait that long, book an audience with The Guru of Chai! A spiritual leader who will sell you a cup of tea, charm you with his infectious smile, and take away all that is wrong with your life. Enlightenment is at hand.
A poor chaiwallah’s (tea seller’s) life is 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. An honest young policeman falls hopelessly in love but is rejected in favour of a disreputable poet. The contradictions of modern India with its iPhones and ancient gods form the backdrop to this story about the dangers of keeping your soul locked in a cage.
This outrageously funny and heartbreakingly beautiful play will leave you laughing, crying and begging for more!
Cast: Jacob Rajan and David Ward
Writers: Justin Lewis and Jacob Rajan
Director: Justin Lewis
Composer/Musician: David Ward
Original Lighting Design: Jeremy Fern
Lighting Designer: Cathy Knowsley
Set and Costume Designer: John Verryt
Dramaturge: Murray Edmond