The Donmar teams up with Tara Theatre to present a storytelling piece which draws on the testimonies of some of those who lived through the last days of the Raj and the 1947 partition of the Indian subcontinent into India and Pakistan which led to violence and people moving thousands of miles. There is a terrific team of writers – Sonali Bhattacharyya, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, Ishy Din and Alexandra Wood – behind this production, which marks the 75th anniversary of partition and which is directed by Tara’s dynamic new artistic director, Abdul Shayek.
“It was a great tragedy. We were friends one day and enemies the next. I will take these things to my grave.” The 1947 partition of the Indian subcontinent into India and Pakistan saw millions uprooted and resulted in unspeakable violence. It would shape modern Britain forever. Witnesses to this brutal moment in history live among us, yet the stories of that time remain shrouded in silence. 75 years later, Silence is a new play focused on communal storytelling - presenting a shared history inspired by the remarkable personal testimonies of people who lived through the last days of the British Raj. Commissioned to mark this major anniversary, Silence is adapted from Kavita Puri’s acclaimed book Partition Voices: Untold British Stories and co-produced with Tara Theatre. Age Recommendation: 15+