Marathi play Ringan, (meaning loop) revolves around four characters who represent different the stages of life. The director also draws parallels between animals and human beings.

Scenes from the rehearsals of the play, Ringan
Scenes from the rehearsals of the play, Ringan

There is a child, who represents innocence and is compared to a rabbit; a 23-year-old girl who is like a butterfly, the child’s father is like a racehorse, and an old man who is like an elephant. The story is about these characters who meet at a mela (fair).

The play is performed in the Jatra style of theatre. The language and setting of the play are rural in fabric, while the performance has live Folk music. “The play is about four stages and four perspectives of life. It is a journey of human beings from birth to death and in loop, a new start again. The play is real, as I prefer this style of theatre. The characters are fictional but everyone will identify with them,” explains the director, Yugandhar Deshpande.

“We have tried the moving theatre experience, where in an intimate setting; different scenes are performed in different parts of the stage. This time, we want to surprise our audience with more innovations and experiments. There are no sets for this play, just four stools that are placed on the stage for the characters to sit,” he elaborates.

The play was first performed at the Thespo festival, in December 2014. It will be staged at the Hive for the second time. The cast includes Pawan Thakare, Namrata Sawant, Nishant Shamaskar, Pranav Natu, Yugant Patil, Nikhil Bane, Rohit Kadam, Pranita and Divya.