I went to see Krishnan’s Dairy by Indian Ink Theatre Company at Q Theatre in Auckland last Wednesday night with one of my friends, Wendy. Wendy’s partner could not make it so she asked me to go with her (I was destined to experience a wonderful show).
This is the excerpt from their website:
“Krishnan's Dairy takes two of the most universal Indian clichés - the Taj Mahal and the corner store - and fuses them into a funny and touching love story. Gobi and Zina Krishnan have moved to New Zealand in search of a better life for themselves and their child. They work hard and keep their dreams stacked on the shelves of their struggling business - Krishnan's Dairy. Woven into their story is the epic tale of the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world and an enduring testament to the love of one man for his wife. A love story unfolds behind the counter with hilarious and deeply moving consequences for the hopeful, vulnerable lives of this immigrant shopkeeper and his wife.”
You’ve got the idea? And this entire story was told through just one actor with several masks for each character over the period of 75 minutes. The actor, Jacob Rajan, did not only play 4 characters (the dairy owner, his wife, Shahjehan and Mumtaz Mahal) but also sang and played guitar (a take on ballad) on stage and he was brilliant.
I am not a big fan of stage plays but I enjoyed Krishnan’s Dairy very much even having to walk from the car park to the theatre and back thorough the rain did not seem that bad.
It’s for limited season and finished on Sunday but I certyainly will keep checking their website for the next show.