04 Oct - 05 Oct
90 Minutes
$30 - $49

Guards at the Taj

Written by Rajiv Joseph. Directed by Bali Padda.

What happens to a life-long friendship when two ordinary men are ordered to do the unthinkable?

At the grand opening of the Taj Mahal, the most beautiful building in the world, the Emperor decrees that nothing more beautiful shall ever be built again. To ensure this, he orders two imperial guards to perform a horrendous task.

The guards are best friends. Humayun is a loyal civil servant with complete trust in the authorities, while Babur is a dreamer, and deeply distressed by the order that has been bestowed upon them. He plans a revenge that will put these two best friends at odds.

Featuring a heartbreakingly funny friendship put to the ultimate test and existential banter reminiscent of Beckett and Stoppard, Guards at the Taj mixes witty black comedy with the bloodiest deeds of Greek tragedy.


Audience Information
Suitable for ages 14+. This production includes the use of blood, theatre haze, coarse language and simulated violence.

Duration: 90 minutes (No interval)

Cast & Creatives

Rajiv Joseph / Playwright

Bali Padda / Director and Tour Producer

Joanne Kee / Executive Producer – National Theatre of Parramatta

Daniel Cottier and Emma White / Associate Producers – National Theatre of Parramatta

National Theatre of Parramatta / Producer

Akkshey Caplash / Performer – Babur

Idam Sondhi / Performer – Humayun

James Browne / Production Designer

Kate Baldwin / Lighting Designer

Me-Lee Hay / Sound Designer

Paperjam Partners / Production Management

Friday 4 October at 7:30pm
Saturday 5 October at 2pm & 7:30pm

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"...touching, funny and potent....a captivating exploration of how far friendship can be pushed and the tension between duty and humanity."

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