The Hindu | The politician and an activist
Although written in 2001, Poile Sengupta’s Alipha is relevant in today’s time of polarising politics and violence against women. The play has two characters, an MLA’s son and a young girl who is an activist. There is no dialogue between them. Their stories play out on stage.
“The woman’s story is told as she ages from five to 25,” Poile says. “During the course of the play her language changes and so does her confidence. The man, on the other hand, speaks about one evening in his life. He is a politician’s son and gets drunk on his own power.”