Tue 16 - Sat 20 Apr 2024



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

Age Recommendation: 15+

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

The play contains 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. Please note that the stories from this play are dramatisations of personal testimony. People may find this content triggering and distressing.


£4 off on selected performances 16-26 yrs and/or Students (with a free 16-26 & Student Membership), and Curve Connect
£4 off on selected performances Under 18s school groups
£4 off on selected performances  for Groups 10+
15% off for Members



British Sign Language (BSL) Interpreted: Thu 18 Apr, 7.45pm

Captioned: Fri 19 Apr, 7.45pm

Audio Described: Sat 20 Apr, 2.30pm with Touch Tour included.

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Access performances at Curve are kindly sponsored by Hotel Brooklyn, Leicester and David Wilson Homes.

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Credits & Acknowledgments

Silence is adapted from the testimonies and stories of people who lived through Partition.

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 ShayekDirected by Iqbal Khan

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

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