Voices of Partition : A Musical Journey
9th of November 2010
A landmark event took place in the Porthceri Centre on Tuesday the 9th November at 8pm. The former Porthkerry Road Methodist Church became the venue for an event where Wales met the Indian subcontinent when Voices of Partition: a Musical Journey was performed by award-winning folk group Sild, poet and playwright Mazhar Tirmazi and the Sangat chorus from Barry and the Vale.
The evening included folk song from Wales and the Punjab, extracts from the play Lifetime on Tiptoes by Mazhar Tirmazi, and a specially commissioned poem by Menna Elfyn.
Audience members were invited to wear Indian dress for the occasion if they wish, although most opted for sensible, warm clothing instead.
Hot Indian refreshments were served after the performance.
Voices of Partition is a new project led by Mán Méla Theatre Company which will include a series of “Sangat” theatre debates from January 2011 and multi-lingual stage performances, readings and cultural exchanges inspired from the “land of the five rivers” (panj = five / ab = water) towards a further richness of inter-cultural dialogue within contemporary Wales.
Directed by Dominic Rai, the performance moved to Chapter in Cardiff the following evening. If the project develops the way Dominic hopes, it will be taken to the Hay festival and beyond.
The poet Menna Elfyn will be translating the play into Welsh.
Voices of Partition Rehearsal