Silence at Tara Theatre

Adapted from the testimonies of people who survived partition, co-produced with the Donmar Warehouse

★ Time Out
‘Powerful docu-theatre show giving voice to those caught up in the chaos of the Partition of India’

★ The Arts Desk
‘A moving experience’

★ A Young(ish) Perspective
‘Performed with sparkle and fury’

‘Shattering and necessary’ The Stage

‘A moving and immensely powerful piece of theatre’ Financial Times

‘Essential viewing’ Evening Standard

‘Revelatory… the ensemble shine’ Broadway World


“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 Donmar Warehouse. Silence will premiere at the Donmar before coming to Tara Theatre.  

Alongside Silence, Tara Theatre will also create a digital educational resource and a community engagement project that encourages people to share their experiences of this history.

Silence is written by Sonali Bhattacharyya, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, Ishy Din, and Alexandra  Wood and directed by Abdul Shayek.


  • The bar will be open from 6pm, you will be able to purchase refreshments before and after the show.
  • Please see below for content warnings for SILENCE.
    There is no interval.
  • The show runs for 1 hour 45 minutes.
  • Please arrive in plenty of time as latecomers will not be admitted.
  • There will be no readmittance.


Silence contains scenes that some people may find difficult to watch. The themes of these scenes are detailed below. Please note, this section may reveal some plot points.

SILENCE contains the following themes:

The play contains strong language and references to: genocide, colonialism, population displacement, bodily harm, sexual violence, famine, suicide, prostitution, abduction, racism, religious violence – all in the context of the Partition of India and the legacy of Empire.

Please note that the stories from this play are dramatisations of personal testimony.

People may find this content triggering and distressing.

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