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A cathartic telling of events”
★★★★★ Behind The Arras

The 1947 partition of India saw millions uprooted and resulted in unspeakable violence. The partition resulted in the formation of three countries: India, West Pakistan and East Pakistan – now Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Few plays hit quite like SILENCE”
★★★★★ The New Current

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

A deeply reflective and wide-ranging set of stories”
★★★★  LondonTheatre1

SILENCE sees the return of Iqbal Khan to directing at The Rep, after the success of his 5 star production Of Mice and Men in 2023. His credits also include Tartuffe (Birmingham Rep) and Othello (RSC), amongst others.

Associate Director Iqbal Khan said of the project:

I saw a version of this piece at the Donmar and was struck then with the power and ambition of Abdul’s initiative. He was a generous and radical artist, a leader keen to find new ways to embrace the unacknowledged or excluded.

His being taken from us is a terrible rupture, both personally and to the new community of artists and audiences he was engaging. It is a great privilege be asked by Tara Theatre to attempt to continue this work on SILENCE and make it all he hoped it could be as a production and urgent testimony.”


From £18.50

Presented by

Tara Theatre

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

Based on

Kavita Puri’s acclaimed book Partition Voices: Untold British Stories

Written by

Sonali Bhattacharyya, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, Ishy Din and Alexandra Wood

Age Guidance


Please note, no under 5s will be admitted to the auditorium.

Running time

Approximately 2 hours 5 minutes including an interval.

Content Advice

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

Silence contains scenes that some people may find difficult to watch. 

Access Performances

Audio Described: Sat 27 Apr, 7.45pm (described by Carolyn Smith)

A Free Touch Tour is available to book before the Audio Described performance. 

Captioned: Sat 27 Apr, 2.45pm (captioned by Cara Lawless)

Post Show Talk

A post show talk will take place after the performance on Wed 24 Apr, 7.45pm.

Hosted by Artistic Director Natasha Kathi-Chandra, we welcome Kavita Puri and the cast of SILENCE for an intimate conversation and audience Q&A surrounding the legacy of Partition and the importance of staging political South Asian stories.

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The Studio

Audience Reactions


Creative Team

Original production directed and developed for tour by

Abdul Shayek


Iqbal Khan

Set Design

Rachana Jadhav

Original Costume Design

Rose Revitt

Projection Design

Rachana Jadhav

Projection Design

Simeon Miller

Movement Direction

Seeta Patel

Lighting Design

Simeon Miller

Sound Design & Composition

Beth Duke


Polly Jerrold

Associate Direction

Olivia Millar Ross

Associate Costume Design

Malena Arcucci

Production Team

Executive Producer of Silence

Bella Rodrigues

Production Manager

Chloe Stally-Gibson

Costume Supervisor

Malena Arcucci

Company & Stage Manager

April Johnston

Deputy Stage Manager

Emily Davies

Assistant Stage Manager

Florian Lim

Wardrobe Manager

Sophia Raja

Production Video Engineer

Grace Duff

Production LX

Chris McDonnell

Sound and Video Technician

Grace Duff

Tour Re-Lighter & LX Operator

Chris McDonnell

Tara Theatre

Artistic Director

Natasha Kathi-Chandra

Executive Director

Helen Jeffreys

Head of Finance & Operations

Lisa Kerridge

Senior Producer

Neena Shea

Front of House & Building Manager

Ellie Oke

Interim Head of Marketing

Becca Pratt

Marketing Officer

Frederick Zennor

Technical Manager

Lisa Hood

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