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Donmar Warehouse reveals casting for Silence

The Donmar Warehouse and Tara Theatre have announced casting for their forthcoming play Silence, which gets its world premiere at the Donmar from 1 September 2022.

Marking 75 years since the Partition of India, the play is adapted from Kavita Puri’s Partition Voices: Untold British Stories by Sonali Bhattacharyya, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, Ishy Din and Alexandra Wood.

Directed by Tara Theatre’s artistic director Abdul Shayek, the cast inckudes Renu Brindle, Sujaya Dasgupta, Nimmi Harasgama, Bhasker Patel, Jay Saighal, Rehan Sheikh and Martin Turner. 

The production runs at the Donmar til 17 September and then plays the Tara Theatre in London from 21 September until 1 October 2022. 

Michael Longhurst, Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, said:, “We are delighted to be collaborating with Tara Theatre for the first time with this vital new play, specially commissioned to mark the 75th anniversary of the Partition of India. The play tells the remarkable true stories of those involved in such a key moment in history, inspired by extraordinary testimony and acknowledging events that need to be spoken of in Britain.”

Abdul Shayek, Artistic Director of Tara Theatre, said: “As Britain holds up a mirror to its colonial history that has shaped our present day reality, many of us are asking questions of our past and who we are. 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. As a group of storytellers, we will try to capture the unbiased documentation of these stories in Kavita’s book and the very real need to recognise that this is a shared history, this is our shared history, a British story regardless of the colour of your skin.”

The play is inspired by the remarkable personal testimonies of people who lived through the last days of the British Raj.

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👤 📅5 August 2022
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