Lady Anandi is a documentary theatre performance by Anuja Ghosalkar. A female actor is haunted by the ghost of her great grandfather—a female impersonator in late 19th C Marathi theatre—every time she goes up on stage. It is the story of two actors separated by 100 years, one who plays a lady convincingly and the other, struggling to be a woman on stage.
How do we tell stories from our past without evidence? Does fiction best fill the gaps in history? Lady Anandi is being presented at that moment when research ends and performance begins. It aims to draw the audience’s attention to the process of making work rather than a finished product. In the absence of a director, the audience takes on that role. The Q & A at the end of the show is an important part of the performance.
It has had over 50 shows across India, Sweden & Germany. Its DIY aesthetic enables it to be showcased at varied spaces — an old film studio, a museum of modern art, a basement, a classroom, a brewery, an under-construction office, to name a few.