Photo of Jacob Rajan by John McDermott; design by Oliver Rosser

Photo of Jacob Rajan by John McDermott; design by Oliver Rosser

MAR 23–APR 2 | Historic Theatre

The Cultch Presents

Paradise or the Impermanence of Ice Cream

A powerful new play about impermanence—of life, love…and ice cream!

MAR 23–APR 2
Historic Theatre

Indian Ink (New Zealand)
By Jacob Rajan and Justin Lewis 

Take a wild ride to paradise with this new play by Indian Ink! This glorious production is inspired by Ernest Becker’s Pulitzer prize-winning Denial of Death, and the vibrant, life–filled chaos of India’s most cosmopolitan city, Mumbai. Jacob Rajan delivers a dazzling solo performance as he channels seven characters, weaving the afterlife and a dash of Bollywood disco into the real-life mystery of India’s vanishing vultures. 

A man trying desperately to avoid death is flung between limbo and his past, where a rebellious young woman holds the key that may guide him to paradise. Infused with serious laughter, exquisite puppetry, and inspired sound design, this show is guaranteed to blow your mind and melt your heart.

“Cultch audiences are in for a real treat with this new work by Indian Ink Theatre, coming to us all the way from New Zealand! Many Cultch fans will remember Indian Ink’s incredible previous shows, The Elephant Wrestler and Mrs. Krishan’s Party. Their work is always moving, heartbreaking, and hysterical!”

—Heather Redfern, Executive Director of The Cultch

Message from Heather Redfern — Why we programmed this show:

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$35 under 35

$35 tickets are available for all performances of Paradise for people aged 35 and under. Use promo code: under35

Limit of 2 tickets per person. Valid for sections A & B only. Available while quantities last.

Showtimes & Dates

MAR 23: 7:30 PM – Opening
MAR 24–25, 28–31: 7:30 PM
APR 1: 7:30 PM
MAR 25–26: 2:00 PM
APR 1: 2:00 PM 
APR 2: 2:00 PM – VocalEye Performance*
*This performance has the option of audio description. Those who do not require it will not experience any disturbance to the performance.

View Accessibility page for more information about VocalEye Performances.

Post-Show TalkBack

MAR 26: 2:00 PM

MAR 28: 7:30 PM

Venue Location

Historic Theatre
1895 Venables St.
Vancouver, BC

Box office info

1895 Venables St.
[email protected]

Mon to Fri: 12–6PM, Sat 12-4
and 1 hour prior to all performances

Cultch Connects

Our Cultch Connects program provides free tickets for families, community groups, artists, and others who might not be able to otherwise experience our shows. If you would like to learn more about how to access Cultch Connects tickets, please reach out to [email protected].

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Writer/Actor: Jacob Rajan 
Writer/Director: Justin Lewis 
Dramaturge: Murray Edmond
Set Design: John Verryt
Costume Design: Elizabeth Whiting
Puppet Design/Build/Puppeteer: Jon Coddington
Composer & Sound Design: David Ward
Lighting Design/Production/Stage Manager: D. Andrew Potvin
Sound Operator: Adam Ogle
Projected Imagery Photographer/Editor: Bala Murali Shingade
General Manager: Jude Froude
Producer: Pene Lister
Development Manager: Naomi Campion
Digital Marketer & Office Manager: Rowan Everton

Rave Reviews for Paradise or the Impermanence of Ice Cream

“...charming, engaging, often profound and beautifully crafted piece of theatre.”


“[Jacob Rajan] is thoroughly engaging, beyond anything I’ve ever seen.”


“Some of the best theatre in the world”

NZ Herald

Photos of Jacob Rajan by Ankita Singh

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