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Sohaya Visions presents
Silent Sisters + Brothers Unhinged (Double Bill)
Until Saturday 18 November
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In a nutshell
Told through poetry, song, music and movement, two plays based on real life British Asian memories of India/Pakistan partition.
15th August 1947, 0.00 Midnight: two nations were born.
Up to 15 million people crossed the newly created borders to what they hoped was safety. In the process, hundreds of thousands were abused, abducted and killed.
What would you do if your life-long home became a living hell?
Silent Sisters + Brothers Unhinged are two powerful new dramas based on British Asian memories of partition in 1947.
Silent Sisters revolves around Noor and Amrit who find themselves thrown together while madness is let loose on earth around the time when Pakistan and India are born out of a bloody partition in 1947. One woman is Muslim, the other Sikh-Hindu. The play starts off in a time of deep trouble, then goes back to each of the women’s back-stories in the months that precede the violence.
Brothers Unhinged concentrates on two male friends, Jamal and Krishna, a Muslim and Hindu, who learn about disturbing secrets that they harbour. These personal issues get embroiled in communalism that stirs around them. Against all the odds, Jamal tries to take his family across to East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). The final scenes end in 1980s Britain, including East London.
What to Expect
Silent Sisters + Brothers Unhinged are based on interviews and workshops with British Asian communities. The drama is a fictional story created out of fragments of people’s memories, written and oral histories, and the force of imagination.
Sohaya Vision aims to celebrate internationalism and cutting edge cultural diversity. They aspire to tackle injustice and discrimination through the arts in creative and socially and politically engaging ways, promote the arts especially through theatre, film, multi-sensory and digital media and support new writing for culturally diverse audiences of all generations.
Supported by A Season of Bangla Drama, Arts Council England, Tower Hamlets and the University of Sussex Asia Centre.
What people are saying
‘A wonderful piece of work, around a very sensitive area, beautifully presented.’ - Mayor Raj Sharma, Crawley
'Very powerful and could see the audience were fully engaged.' - Liz Hart, Arts Development Officer
‘Fan-bloody-tastic…I was blown away by it.’ - Jane Buckley, Crawley Campaign Against Racism
'We laughed and we cried.' - Dr Katie McQuaid
‘Superb script, excellent direction and stellar cast and crew who each give consummate confident performances...beautiful atmospheric singing and poetry.’ - Rez Kabir, Tamarind Theatre Company
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Things you should know
The performance is in English.
Suitable for ages 8+
Latecomers permitted (exact time tbc)
This event is wheelchair accessible.