Voices of Partition is a five stage project and collaboration between US theatre artists and Theatre Wallay of Islamabad, Pakistan.
Voices of Partition is funded by a U.S. Embassy grant and the Fulbright Specialist program. It focuses on the personal stories of survivors of the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947: the largest mass migration in modern history, and one in which over one million lives were lost. The project is both an attempt to preserve these stories before a generation of survivors is lost, and also educate people in our own country about a world event that has and continues to have enormous ramifications.
The project is being implemented in five main stages:
Stage 1 : Kathleen and Sarah traveled to Islamabad and led a week-long workshop for Theatre Wallay company members on developing dramatic material out of personal narratives collected in interviews with Partition survivors
Stage 2: Theatre Wallay members conducted similar workshops across the Punjab region of Pakistan, helping university students create their own original monologues out of interviews with family members who survived Partition. Theatre Wallay members also continued to interview additional survivors.
Stage 3: Kathleen returned to Islamabad for the month of April with her husband, fellow Fulbrighter and theatre artist David Studwell. They collaborated with Theatre Wallay actors to create an original piece of theatre based on collected interviews.
Stage 4: The production opened in Islamabad in late April and then toured to Lahore.
Stage 5: In the fall of 2015, Dagh Dagh Ujala: This Stained Dawn toured to the northeastern United States. The tour started in Boston, went on to Amherst, MA and Ithaca, NY and ended in Washington D.C. at the State Department.
In addition, a documentary film, Dagh Dagh Ujala: Voices of a Stained Dawn, was created about the first four phases of the project. The film was a collaboration between the VOP team, Ali RoOoh and RooHives Productions. Ali and his team took over 90 hours of footage in Pakistan and their resulting film is an in-depth view of what went into the creation of the original play, Dagh Dagh Ujala. Learn more about our film by clicking HERE.