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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. a�?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 sistera��s (Aarthi Pandey) idea to set the play in a metro as she uses the Delhi metro service on a daily basis,a�? 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. a�?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 whoa��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,a�? explains Tripathi.
A new character forms a surprise element in the play. a�?We dona��t want to reveal much about this character; you will simply have to watch it! Ita��s a play for adults, and touches upon tricky relationships, men and their ego etc. a�� frankly, I was quite sceptical about the response when we first staged it, but was pleasantly surprised by the positive response,a�? she adds.

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