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This all-women play captures the essence of life through personal stories

Ladies Compartment is an honest effort made by Pooja Pandey Tripathi, a physiotherapist based out of Bengaluru, who wanted to be part of a woman-centric play that would portray the lives of middle- aged women.
The play, set in a Delhi Metro train, attempts to capture the essence of life through the stories of five women from varied backgrounds who come together during their brief journey. “We conceptualised the play in November last year and it took us about a month to work on all the five characters. It was actually my sister’s (Aarthi Pandey) idea to set the play in a metro as she uses the Delhi metro service on a daily basis,” reveals Tripathi of Theatre On Bangalore.
The characters include a domestic help, a corporate professional, a socialite, a Punjabi widow, and a lady police officer. The co-passengers engage in conversations that translate into an engaging narrative full of humour, music, dance, and a lot of drama. “Each of them has their own set of problems. While the socialite is living a fake life, and lives with her drug addict son, the corporate woman is married to a homosexual man, and lacks the confidence to walk out of the unhappy relationship despite being financially independent. The Punjabi lady is a widow and lives by herself as her kids are away, and the domestic help has lost her husband to AIDS. The cop, played by me, is a brave heart from Haryana who’s run away from home to join the police force. Through these conversations, they realise their very own power and potential and the will to survive against all odds,” explains Tripathi.
A new character forms a surprise element in the play. “We don’t want to reveal much about this character; you will simply have to watch it! It’s a play for adults, and touches upon tricky relationships, men and their ego etc. – frankly, I was quite sceptical about the response when we first staged it, but was pleasantly surprised by the positive response,” she adds.

February 27. 5 pm & 7 pm. At Atta Galatta, Koramangala. Tickets (`200) on
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— NK

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