The Elephant Thief

Show Dates for upcoming Indian Ink theatre productions


GURU OF CHAI (aka The Elephant Wrestler)

Enlightenment is at hand


“A whirlwind of dramatic storytelling” NZ Listener, GURU OF CHAI (aka The Elephant Wrestler) grabs you by the throat and never lets go. Indian Ink display their theatrical muscle in a tale and a teller bristling with mischief, mayhem and the maddening magic of India. 


Scooping Best Play, Best Actor and Best Composer on debut, Guru of Chai has gone on to sell out tours around the world ultimately being picked up by a top U.S agent. Coast to coast tours across the states have bought audiences to their feet pronouncing it “the best show".


The contradictions of modern India with its iPhones and ancient gods come alive in this outrageously funny and heartbreakingly beautiful romantic thriller.

 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.


Our Guru (Jacob Rajan) is a buck-toothed chameleon, channeling 17 characters and leaping to multiple locations, delivering a serpentine romantic thriller while dispensing dubious spiritual wisdom. He is by turns charming, loathsome and absurdly profound. Laughter, heartbreak and enlightenment abound – not to mention the killer live soundtrack provided by his mute side-kick, Dave! (Adam Ogle)

Extremely talented and award-winning multi-instrumentalist Ogle plays the banjo, drum machine, whistles and even a humble plastic bag deftly weaving a vibrant musical score with an atmospheric soundscape. This will be Ogle’s second show with Indian Ink after his stunning debut in their acclaimed production The Elephant Thief.

GURU OF CHAI (aka The Elephant Wrestler) “changes the way you see the world” NZ Listener


"Sheer brilliance...a joy to behold" Dominion Post

"Nothing short of genius" Time Out Singapore

"Honestly this is such a remarkable and beautiful peice of theatre I cannot recommend it highly enough" Hawkes Bay Today













The Piano 

0800 842 538

Thursday 1 Septemner

Friday 2 September

Saturday 3 September

Saturday 3 September 









Tickets range from $25 - $55


Ticket Packages**

Family Premium Package - A Reserve 

$160 - Two adults & two children ($40 per extra, maximum of 6)


Family Saver Package -B Reserve 

$140 - Two adults & two children ($35 per extra, maximum of 6)


Super Gold Plus - a further $5 off all reserves for Gold Cardholders only.


*Service Fees Apply            **Saturday Matinee only



"Rajan is a masterful storyteller and a gifted comic actor"

Sydney Morning Herald

"All the ingredients of marvellous theatre" Dominion Post 

"Generous spirited... I came out feeling rejunvenated as well as entertained" Sydney Morning Herald