SILENCE UK National Tour

UK National Tour

“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 also shape modern Britain. Witnesses to this brutal moment in history live among us, yet the stories of that time remain shrouded in silence. 

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 the 75th anniversary of partition, SILENCE is adapted from Kavita Puri’s acclaimed book Partition Voices: Untold British Stories and was originally co-produced with the Donmar Warehouse. 

The production examined the legacy of this brutal moment in history. Abdul Shayek, former Artistic Director of Tara Theatre, directed the original production and had developed this version for touring at the time of his death in August 2023. Iqbal Khan, Artistic Director of the 2022 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, and a friend and colleague of Abdul’s, will step in to direct the touring version.

Silence is adapted from the testimonies and stories of people who lived through Partition. It is based on Kavita Puri’s acclaimed book Partition Voices: Untold British Stories and written by Sonali Bhattacharyya, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, Ishy Din and Alexandra Wood.  

Original production directed and developed for tour by Abdul Shayek
Directed by Iqbal Khan 

From an original co-production by Tara Theatre and The Donmar Warehouse
In association with Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

6 Apr – 13 Apr
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The Curve, Leicester

16 Apr – 20 Apr
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Birmingham Rep

23 Apr – 27 Apr
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HOME, Manchester

30 Apr – 4 May
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Content Advisory

PLEASE NOTE This production features flashing lights, loud noises and strong language.

SILENCE contains scenes that some people may find difficult to watch. The themes of these scenes are detailed below.

This section contains plot information.

SILENCE contains the following content:

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.

The stories from this play are dramatisations of personal testimony. People may find this content triggering and distressing.

 

Access Performances

Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

Sat 13 Apr, 2:30PM – Audio Described

The Curve, Leicester

Thu 18 Apr, 7:45PM – BSL Interpreted

Fri 19 Apr, 7:45PM – Captioned

Sat 20 Apr, 2:30PM – Audio Described

Birmingham Rep

Sat 27 Apr, 2:45PM – Captioned

Sat 27 Apr, 7:45PM – Audio Described

 

SILENCE TOUR INFO PACK

 

  • Dates: Queen's Theatre Hornchurch
    6 Apr - 13 Apr

    The Curve, Leicester
    16 Apr - 20 Apr

    Birmingham Rep
    23 Apr - 27 Apr

    HOME, Manchester
    30 Apr - 4 May
  • Venue: Queen's Theatre Hornchurch | The Curve Leicester | Birmingham Rep | HOME Manchester
  • Age: 14+
  • Series:  Silence
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From an original co-production by Tara Theatre and The Donmar Warehouse

In association with Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

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