Come Closer - Memories of Partition

In collaboration with Manchester Museum

  • 22 September 2017 - 26 September 2017
  • The Theatre - The Great Hall - On Tour / External

A unique collaboration between Manchester Museum, University of Manchester, Greater Manchester BAME Network, Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and the Royal Exchange Theatre to mark the anniversary of Partition.

Seven decades on, the memories of Partition are still strong. Hear the voices of silent experiences, stories and hidden histories of Manchester’s South Asian communities in 10 monologues from some of the North's most exciting playwrights.

Ten South Asian writers and spoken word artists have been commissioned by the Royal Exchange Theatre to create new monologues which will reveal the untold stories of the significance of Partition and the impact still felt today. These monologues are inspired by the material that has emerged from the Memories of Partition Oral History project at Manchester Museum.

On Monday 25 September and Tuesday 26 September, all monologues will be performed in various community spaces in the north and south of Manchester.

MONOLOGUES, WRITERS & DIRECTORS (see Royal Exchange Great Hall map for locations)

1. THE ECHOING CHAMBER written by Swati Simha, directed by Kash Arshad and performed by Kiran L Dadlini

2. SPIRITS OF SUNAAM written and performed by Hafsah Aneela Bashir, directed by Nicole Morris.

3. AFTERTHOUGHT written by Tuheen Huda, directed by Benedict Power and performed by Nakib Narat 

4. BHARAT MATA written by Dipali Das, directed by Kash Arshad and performed by Miriam Ahmed

5. JAI HIND PAKISTAN ZINDABAD written by Satinder Chohan, directed by Nicole Morris and performed by Shila Iqbal 

6. JAAN written by Furquan Akhtar, directed by Caroline Kennedy and performed by Kamal Kaan 

7. IDENT written by Ravi Thornton, directed by Amy Hailwood and performed by Jennifer Kay

8. PHONE CALL written by Asif Majid, directed by Ben Power and performed by Sushil Chudasama

9. PART IT PART NOT written by Afshan D'souza-Lodhi, directed by Amy Hailwood and performed by Shakera Louise Ahad

10. KNIVES AND FORKS written by Sarah Sayeed, directed by Caroline Kennedy and performed by Gina Gangar

DATES, TIMES & VENUES (see Manchester Map for locations)

Friday 22 September: 6pm - 7pm - Royal Exchange Theatre, Great Hall
This is a free pop-up experience, giving you an intimate theatrical encounter and offering a fresh and unique view of our iconic buildings as each piece is brought to life in a different location around the venues.

Discover characters around The Great Hall, waiting for an audience. Find them, take a seat, and listen.

Saturday 23 September: 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3pm - Manchester Museum

Monologues will be performed at the Manchester Museum, and whilst there visit the Memories of Partition Exhibition 

Working closely with local Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi communities in Manchester, the exhibition combines oral history, social research, documentary film-making and creative interpretation, to enable members of those communities to share their stories of experiences and legacies of the creation of India and Pakistan in 1947.

Sunday 24 September, 3pm - 4pm - Royal Exchange Theatre
Performed in the Theatre, with BSL interpretation.

Monday 25 September: 2pm - 3pm - Indian Senior Citizens Centre, Whalley Range 
Indian Senior Citizens Centre is a BME Voluntary organisation which provides culturally sensitive Day Resource Services for Indian Older People of city wide Manchester, Trafford, Stockport, Bury and Salford.

Monday 25 September: 4pm - 5pm - Longsight Library and Learning Centre
Manchester’s most diverse and bustling neighbourhood deserves a library to match. So if your morning paper is in Bangla or Urdu, they've got it. If you like your picture books in Polish, they have some. If you like your fiction in Farsi, they've got that too.

Tueday 26 September: 11am - 12pm - The Welcome Centre
Performances are being presented at The Welcome Centre and Abraham Moss Community School as part of an exciting two-year pilot programme of activity being delivered across Cheetham Hill and Rochdale. The programme will include taking work from our stages into community settings alongside a number of creative projects working with schools, community groups and individuals. We are delighted to be working in partnership with these two venues to present these performances and we hope to see you there!

As of 3 November 2014, Wai Yin Society are running another community centre in Cheetham Hill. This is a much bigger building, which has allowed them to expand their services to a very diverse local community comprised of diverse ethnic backgrounds.

Tueday 26 September: 3.30pm - 4.30pm - Abraham Moss Community School  
Abraham Moss Community School is a 3-16 school serving a multi-racial community in North Manchester. They are a truly inclusive, community school that was recognised by the Inclusion Quality Mark who awarded the flagship status in July 2014.

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