As an ex drama teacher, I still have a love of theatre and performance so when Blog Up North gives me the opportunity to write a Leeds Playhouse review I snap their hand off!
I went to see Partition in November 2018 in the Leeds Playhouse Pop Up Theatre. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised!
In 1947, up to two million people died due to the divide of British India. Until 7:30pm on Wednesday 7th November, when I watched Nick Ahad’s play “Partition”, I had no knowledge of this important aspect of history.
The Partition of India is something rarely spoken about. A violent and traumatic time for those involved that separated families and broke up communities. India was split into two nations, separating Hindus and Muslims. Religions that had been living harmoniously were suddenly enemies and this has had a ripple effect, which the generations of 2018 are still affected by.
Despite the deep and difficult nature of this topic, Nick Ahad has created an excellent balance of comedy, tragedy and education. Originally a radio play, Partition was brought to life in front of me in the Pop Up Theatre at Leeds Playhouse. Set in Leeds, it tells the story of Saima and Ranjit on their wedding day which threatens to be ruined due to their families feud, dating back to the partition and therefore, resisting their marriage.
You can find the rest of my review on the Blog Up North website. Many thanks to Sophie for asking me to write this Leeds Playhouse review. It was really enjoyable to get back to Performing Arts again.
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