Once upon a time a king ventured into an enchanted forest, and was transformed by a spell. As the moon waxes and wanes so does Ila, turning from man to woman and back to man. This is her/his story as she/he tries to come to terms with her/his gender and the effect it has on her/his world.
Inspired by a lesser known myth, Ila is a devised piece that looks at gender, its related myths and dilemmas and the importance they play in our lives today. With ever-changing landscapes (sometimes in ancient land and sometimes in the local trains of Mumbai) and leaps in time, this chorus takes the audience through a provocative, playful and exciting journey that questions what it means to “be a woman/man and everything in between”.
Ila won the Laadli Award for Gender Sensitivity in 2016 and has also travelled to numerous prestigious theatre festivals across the country like, Hindu Metro Plus (Chennai), Repertwahr Theatre Festival (Lucknow), Tata Literature Live (Mumbai), Rangashakara Theatre Festival (Bangalore) and NSD Bharat Rang Mahotsav Festival.
The year it opened, Ila was also named as the one of the top five plays of 2015 by Indian Express Newspaper.