Award-winning performance at the Playhouse Theatre, Hamilton

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

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.

It spotlights the injustices of immigration and the plight of natural environments and people at the hands of big business.

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

Tickets and info at: indianink.co.nz/production/the-pickle-king

 - Stuff

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