MRS KR­ISH­NAN’S PARTY

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Leave your ex­pec­ta­tions at the door as you be­come part of a sur­prise party for Onam, an In­dian fes­ti­val cel­e­brat­ing the rice har­vest – but you can be sure there’ll be loud cos­tumes, masks and play­ful char­ac­ters from the all-star In­dian Ink cast of Mrs Kr­ish­nan’s

Party. Writ­ten by Jacob Rajan and Justin Lewis, it’s a loose se­quel to

Kr­ish­nan’s Dairy, which pre­miered in 1997. Twenty years on, we re­visit the wid­owed Mrs Kr­ish­nan at the back of her shop, where lodger James has or­gan­ised a sur­prise party for his land­lady. Au­di­ence mem­bers be­come a third char­ac­ter in this im­mer­sive party-withina-play comic drama. Q The­atre, Auck­land, 22 August-2 Septem­ber; The­atre Royal, New Ply­mouth, 6- 8 Septem­ber; Te Auaha, Welling­ton, 19-29 Septem­ber; Papa Hou, Christchurch, 3-7 Oc­to­ber.

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