‘Silence’ to commemorate 75th anniversary of the Partition of India

The play honours the 75th anniversary of the partition of India.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

Find out who will star in Silence at the Donmar Warehouse this autumn. Silence begins previews on 1 September, with an opening night on 6 September, and performances to 17 September.

Silence uses communal storytelling and personal testimonies to explore the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan. Sonali Bhattacharyya, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, Ishy Din and Alexandra Wood co-write Silence, based on Kavita Puri’s Partition Voices: Untold British Stories.

Abdul Shayek directs Renu Brindle, Sujaya Dasgupta, Nimmi Harasgama, Bhasker Patel, Jay Saighal, Rehan Sheikh and Martin Turner in Silence. The play features design by Rose Revitt, lighting design by Ciarán Cunningham, and sound design and composition by Elena Peña.

Silence is a collaboration between the Donmar Warehouse and Tara Theatre. "2022 provides us with the last big milestone before we lose the survivors and their living memory, giving us the chance to understand the human cost of what occurred in 1947, retelling the stories of those who survived Partition and came to the UK... This is a shared history, this is our shared history, a British story regardless of the colour of your skin," said Abdul Shayek, artistic director of Tara Theatre.

Silence is at the Donmar Warehouse.

Photo credit: Silence artwork (Photo courtesy of production)

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