Pickle King at Play­house

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From hum­ble be­gin­nings in a re­hearsal space in Welling­ton to play­ing to more than 450,000 peo­ple world­wide, In­dian Ink has had 20 years of suc­cess.

Cel­e­brat­ing with a na­tional tour, their show The Pickle King be­gins in Hamil­ton on Wednes­day night.

The Pickle King is In­dian Ink’s most awarded play; win­ning an Ed­in­burgh Fringe First, a record seven nom­i­na­tions at the Chap­man Tripp The­atre Awards and the supreme ac­co­lade – Pro­duc­tion of the Year.

It tells the story of Sasha, the blind re­cep­tion­ist of the crum­bling Em­pire Ho­tel. Ev­ery­thing she loves dies.

But when true love finds her, she can’t help fall­ing. One night, Death checks into the ho­tel.

Twenty years ago, com­pany co-founder Jacob Ra­jan was the first In­dian ac­tor to grad­u­ate from Toi Whakaari – NZ School of Drama.

For The Pickle King, the com­pany has nabbed two re­cent Toi grad­u­ates for the lead­ing roles: Vanessa Ku­mar and Kalyani Na­gara­jan.

The show also sees An­drew Ford mak­ing his de­but per­for­mance with In­dian Ink The­atre Com­pany.

The per­for­mance was writ­ten by Justin Lewis and Jacob Ra­jan 15 years ago and is still re­flec­tive of cur­rent is­sues.

You can catch the show un­til Sun­day, May 28 at the Play­house The­atre, Gal­lagher Acad­emy of Per­form­ing Arts, Knighton Rd.

In­dian Ink’s pro­duc­tion of The Pickle King will ar­rive in Hamil­ton on May 24.

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