Jacob Rajan uses mask to skilfully change from one character to the next. He also incorporates song, classical Indian dance, mime and touches of object manipulation verging on puppetry. The masks have an essence of the Commedia half mask and have been beautifully crafted by Justin Lewis, also the director of the performance. His masks with the combined efforts of Rajan’s performance abilities, takes the audience away from any thought of paper-maché and into a world full of emotion and rich with vitality.
The setting is beautifully and simply done with drops of brightly coloured fabric forming the deli walls with a shop counter and flower stand in front and the Krishnan’s home at the back. The lighting illuminates and makes intelligent use of the space as the piece moves from shop front to the Krishnan’s home and into the exotic world of the Taj Mahal story.
Krishnan’s Dairy is my dream of theatre realised. It is aurally, visually, physically and intellectually dynamic story telling.
The Adelaide Festival Centre’s CentreStage program presents
Indian Ink Theatre Company’s
Venue: Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre
Dates/Times: 24 - 28 April @ 8pm, 26 April @11am
Bookings: BASS 131 246 or www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au