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been | The Pickle King

To celebrate their 20th Anniversary, Indian Ink Theatre Company – whose humble beginnings saw them in a rehearsal space in Wellington – have chosen to share their highly acclaimed The Pickling King with audiences across New Zealand.

The story centres around two hotel workers, an overbearing Ammachy (South Indian aunty), a mysterious guest and a haunting piano player, in what was once the finest hotel in town. Like a pickled onion, as you peel the layers, the play explores socially taboo subjects, which kiwis have come to accept and Indians don’t want to discuss.

Indian Ink’s founder, Jacob Rajan has passed the baton for this anniversary tour; with Vanessa Kumar (Boys Will Be Boys, Peter Pan) and Kalyani Nagarajan (The Brokenwood Mysteries 3, Polo) taking the helm, along with Andrew Ford (Le Sud, The Lady Killers) and Ayrton Foote on piano.

Ford as the pickle man and Kumar as the overbearing aunt give a strong performance and will have the audience in fits of laughter.

It’s easy to see how this show has won so many awards – it’s better than poppadum’s with mango pickle! Catch it at Q Theatre until Saturday 19 August.

humans of mac+mae: Vanessa Kumar

Here is something that is important to me, and one reasons is because  being my grandpa bought it for me on one of our thrift store adventures in Miramar, Wellington at some point last year.  It’s a nice thing to remember him by, I carry it with me whoever I go, it stays in my luggage.  Sometimes I read it, sometimes I forget to.  Another reason it’s important to me is because some of the scriptures are very encouraging and help propel me into my day.  Some of the other scriptures are scary but we tend not to dwell on those ones.

1 Corinthian 13:4-8 is one of my favourites,  the last line is ‘love never fails’

Vanessa Kumar performs the role of Priya Sengupta in Silo Theatre’s ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ from 08 – 24 September at Q Theatre.  Buy tickets here.

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –    http://bit.ly/HoMaM