“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+
The piece is shocking at its core, and very important to experience
Powerful docu-theatre show
A moving experience
Potent and poetic
Crammed with vivid testimony
A powerful and painful Partition drama
Silence is essential viewing
Performs a useful educational function as a history primer
The play’s episodic structure fashions a sense of meditation and reflection
The material is shattering
Partition drama is gruelling for the wrong reasons