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Mrs Krishnan's Party

22 Aug 2018 - 02 Sep 2018


Wednesday 22 August 2018, 7.00pm - Wednesday 22 August 2018, 9.30pm

Thursday 23 August 2018, 7.00pm - Thursday 23 August 2018, 8.30pm

Friday 24 August 2018, 8.00pm - Friday 24 August 2018, 9.30pm

Sunday 26 August 2018, 4.00pm - Sunday 26 August 2018, 5.30pm

Tuesday 28 August 2018, 7.00pm - Tuesday 28 August 2018, 8.30pm

Wednesday 29 August 2018, 7.00pm - Wednesday 29 August 2018, 8.30pm

Friday 31 August 2018, 8.00pm - Friday 31 August 2018, 9.30pm

Saturday 1 September 2018, 8.00pm - Saturday 1 September 2018, 9.30pm

Sunday 2 September 2018, 4.00pm - Sunday 2 September 2018, 5.30pm


Q Theatre, 305 Queen St, Auckland CBD

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Jean Bell

09 368 4180


The work is somewhat of a sequel to the much-loved story of Krishnan’s Dairy created in 1997 to great acclaim.

Twenty years on, we return to visit the widowed Mrs. Krishnan during Onam – a South Indian harvest festival full of colour, music, and joy… but we’re not exactly welcome.

When James, the well-intentioned but overzealous college student, organizes a surprise party for his landlady to observe Onam, he unwittingly brings everyone in the room face to face with its true meaning – a celebration of death and rebirth. The rules of theatre are danced around the floor, as the audience becomes the third character in this joyous, life-affirming, party-within-a-play. Crammed into the back room of the Dairy we are active participants in the rapidly unfolding comic, odd-couple drama of the careworn, widowed shopkeeper, Mrs. Krishnan, and her boarder.

In the spirit of great parties everywhere: laughter abounds, tears are shed, stories are told, wine and secrets are spilled, food is cooked and shared, a mess is made, arguments flare, love is found, faith is restored, wonderful music plays, tables are danced on and a 100 strangers become friends. In the colourful spirit of Onam, strangers leave as friends with their bellies and their souls fed.

Indian Ink Theatre Company continues to bridge cultures and push boundaries with this immersive ‘party-within-a-play’ that seats the audience around the table both figuratively and literally, and breaks the rules of theatre in an utterly disarming 75 minutes of comedic, odd couple drama between Mrs. Krishnan and her over-zealous student boarder.

Mrs Krishnan's Party NZ Tour 2018:

  • WHANGAREI – 8-11 August at OneOneSix
  • HAMILTON – 15-18 August at The Meteor
  • AUCKLAND – 22 August - 2 September at Q Theatre
  • NEW PLYMOUTH – 6-8 September at Theatre Royal
  • WELLINGTON – 19-29 September at Te Auaha
  • CHRISTCHURCH – 3-7 October at Papa Hou, YMCA