Assembly Rooms · 2-25 Aug · 11.45am 1h45m
From the true story of a girl who was married to a dog. Sublime and ridiculous, simple and profound: Indian Ink bring you a play about love, death and what's worth preserving. This is the company's first return visit to Edinburgh following their Fringe First winning debut with Krishnan's Dairy.
"A piece of total theatre which offers humanity and psychological insight in a package of good plain laughs, luminous performances and brilliant staging"
Once the finest hotel in town, the Empire is now as faded as the dreams of the piano player who haunts the lobby. Jojo is a heart surgeon. However, as a recent arrival from India the only work he can find is as a night porter in the Empire.
"Absolute enchantment... one of the tenderest, most life-affirming shows on the fringe"
Ammachy runs the Empire with an iron fist and has one big problem; her niece is nearly blind and she will not be married. Sasha knows she must not marry because she is cursed - everything she loves dies. One night Death checks into the Hotel.
"Large-spirited, beautifully performed, utterly touching"
Press on the Edinburgh production –
METRO 12 August 2003 – PICKLE, A PLAY about the things that are worth preserving, is the third in a loose trilogy by inventive New Zealanders indian ink. But you don't need to have seen the others to enjoy this year's offering. A love story, Pickle is set in the Empire Hotel, Wellington, which is owned by Sasha's aunt Ammachy. Though Ammachy is desperate to arrange a good marriage for her niece, Sasha is less interested, haunted instead by death. It's only when she conquers her fear that she is free to love. This play is full of laughs but also asks some serious questions about the influence and 'flavours' we draw from others from different cultures. With first generation Indian immigrants as characters, it also confronts racial prejudices - revealing for starters that Jojo, the hotel porter, is a qualified cardiac surgeon in his own country. And though he is not allowed to practise in New Zealand, his expertise in mending broken hearts is called upon more than once. The many characters are expertly performed by Ansuya Nathan, Jacob Rajan and Nick Blake, with Ben Wilcock adding atmosphere on piano. Pickle has a warmth and a light touch that should have wide appeal. * * * *
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