A co-production with Prayas Theatre

A Fine Balance

Adapted by Sudha Bhuchar and Kristine Landon-Smith. Based on the novel by Rohinton Mistry.

14 JUN - 6 JUL 2019 — Theatre



Auckland Theatre Company


Q Theatre


2 hours and 20 minutes including a 20 minute interval.


Contains mature themes and haze effects.

 A stirring portrayal of human compassion, hope and heroism.

Based on Rohinton Mistry’s celebrated Man Booker shortlisted novel, A Fine Balance is a story about hope and the extraordinary endurance of the human spirit.

India, 1975. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared a state of emergency, 'cleaning up the city' by driving thousands of poor from their homes. Dina, a Parsi widow determined to keep her independence, hires two Hindu tailors and takes on a boarder to make ends meet.

History comes to life in this vibrant and thought-provoking epic where the stories of the voiceless resonate more powerfully than ever.

Prayas, Aotearoa's leading South Asian theatre company, is committed to promoting South Asian talent. We are excited to reach out to a new audience by presenting alongside Auckland Theatre Company this enduring tale of the human spirit in an inhuman state.



Stirring… unassailable… exceptional.
NZ Herald
An important play, rich in imagery with clever staging.
The Arts Review
A fantastically immersive experience.
This immersive two-hour tale is an eye opener into a different culture and a different world. This isn’t a show to be missed.
The Speakeasy
Sublime… magnificent… a must see
Broadway World
This is live theatre at its best
NZ Entertainment Podcast
Bursting at the seams with colour and vibrancy

Special Events


Sunday 23 June, 2-3pm, Q Theatre, Rangatira (before the 4pm show), FREE EVENT

Join us for a special korero about the history and politics of India in the mid ‘70s, the universal appeal of the novel and the creation of the play.

Amit Ohdedar of Prayas Theatre and A Fine Balance director Ahi Karunaharan, invite you into the theatre before the show for an immersive experience into the world of A Fine Balance. Hear the sounds and music of India, touch the terracotta stage, learn about the tumultuous emergency and be privy to fascinating behind the scenes insights before you see the play.

This is a FREE event, but RSVPs are essential and there is a limited capacity. Please RSVP to [email protected] with how many seats you would like to reserve to secure your attendance.


Book: A Fine Balance

Set in the mid-1970s in India, A Fine Balance tells the story of four unlikely people whose lives come together during a time of political turmoil soon after the government declares a 'State of Internal Emergency'. Through days of bleakness and hope, their circumstances - and their fates - become inextricably linked in ways no one could have foreseen. Extremely limited copies of this book are available from Q Theatre's box office.

Script to Stage Podcast

We're excited to share our new podcast series Script to Stage, presented by Auckland Theatre Company and Prayas! Join the makers behind A Fine Balance in four episodes leading up to the season at Q Theatre this June.



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