“It was a chance to highlight particular issues, prejudices and joys faced by the women. It was an ideal opportunity to bring women together to help them develop emotionally and socially by allowing them to engage in the process.”
Naz Koser, Director of Ulfah Arts

“The story was very true to life. A true reflection of what’s going on in the world today between different cultures and how they’re divided because people tend to stick to their own types.”
Audience member.

 

A THIN RED LINE
2007
By Sonali Bhattacharyya
A co-production with Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Black Country Touring

Does partition exist in Britain now?  If so, have others partitioned us or do we divide ourselves?

A young couple return home to confront the fault lines of prejudice and cultural division that had driven them to find sanctuary just a few miles down the road in Birmingham.  Reflecting a real slice of life in the Black Country, A Thin Red Line explores today’s social and cultural partitions, both hidden and visible, in the way we see other people’s loyalties, religion and sense of home.

This thought-provoking new commission from Midlands born writer Sonali Bhattacharyya (South Bank Award nominee for White Open Spaces), was inspired and provoked by a series of workshops with a diverse range of Black Country community groups, using the 60th anniversary of the partition of India as its starting point.  

Where do you belong if you are no longer welcome at home?
A Thin Red Line grew out of a series of workshops with diverse community groups in the Black Country and Birmingham, each starting with the central question: What does partition mean today?There seemed to be a contrast between the kindness and generosity expressed by these groups towards others, and the way they lived, which was largely segregated, with little crossover between diverse communities outside of places of work and education.  The issue of who transgressed these boundaries and the consequences for them when they did came up several times in the workshops.  This inspired the characters of Pamela and Irfan and the play explores what happens when the couple return home to the Black Country after ten years away to confront the ignorance and prejudice that drove them away. 
Sonali Bhattacharyya  

TOUR SCHEDULE
Wed 7 Nov   7pm        Ulfah Arts
Thu 8 Nov     7.30pm    Community Action Project  
Sat 10 Nov    4pm        Smethwick Library             
Mon 19 Nov   7.45pm    The Rep – The Door
Wed 21 Nov   7.30pm    Gujarati Hindu Social
and Cultural Centre            
Fri 23 Nov     7.15pm    Soho Theatre Studio           
Sat 24 Nov    7 .45pm    Watermans                         
Tue 27 Nov    7.30pm    Arena Theatre