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.

Directed by
  • Puja Sarup
  • Sheena Khalid
Performed by
  • Amey Mehta
  • Bhavna Pani
  • Mukul Chadda
  • Deepal Doshi
  • Ratnabali Bhattacharjee
  • Mukti Mohan
  • Prerna Chawla
  • Rachel D'souza
  • Shruti Vyas



“...with great humour, grace and empathy it takes the audience along on its journey of exploration.

Deepa Gahlot

the androgynous chorus takes the audience through a provocative, playful and exciting journey that explores “what it is to be a woman/man and everything in between

The Indian Express

ILA is an intelligent entertainer and a bit of a rarity in that it is a devised piece with nicely fleshed out characters, with their own quirks, depths and follies

Mumbai Theatre Guide

For a large part of the play, all seven actors occupy the stage and switch between roles with aplomb, much like the king who learns to be comfortable with his multiple roles, as king, queen, father, mother, and everything else in between.

The Hindu