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A moving experience”  – The Arts Desk ★★★★

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.

Performed with sparkle and fury”  – A Young(ish) Persepective ★★★★

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.

Shattering and necessary” – The Stage


From £19.50

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

Original production directed and developed for tour by

Abdul Shayek

Directed by

Iqbal Khan

Age Guidance


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

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.

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Fees & Charges


Narrator / Journalist / Maya / Muslim Neighbour/ Mob Member

Alexandra D’Sa

Daughter / Mandeep / Jasmine / Zara

Tia Dutt

Young Irfan / Tony / Noor's Grandson / Sami

Aaron Gill

Pooja / Khadija / Noor

Mamta Kaash

Jasvir / Kulvinder / James

Asif Khan

Father / Old Irfan / Mukesh

Bhasker Patel

Creative Team


Iqbal Khan

Set Design & Co-Projection Designer

Rachana Jadhav

Lighting Design & Co-Projection Designer

Simeon Miller

Sound Design & Composer

Beth Duke

Movement Director

Seeta Patel

Associate Director

Olivia Millar Ross

Associate Costume Designer

Malena Arcucci
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