Paul Bazely and Shaheen Khan,
A Tainted Dawn, 1997

Paul Bazely and Shaheen Khan in A Tainted Dawn

“The writing and characterisation throughout are shrewd, full-flavoured, full of delicate strokes, touchingly human.”
Sunday Telegraph

A Tainted Dawn (1997)

by Sudha Bhuchar and
Kristine Landon-Smith


Marking the 50th anniversary of the partition of India and Pakistan, A Tainted Dawn tells the stories of ordinary people who found themselves trapped on the wrong side of hastily drawn borders in 1947. Tamasha was invited by the Edinburgh International Festival to open the play there in August 1997.  Music for the show was composed by Nitin Sawnhey, now a leading recording artist.

A Tainted Dawn was adapted from improvisations inspired by the following short stories: Postbox by S.H. Ajneya; A Leaf in the Storm by Lalithambika Antharjanam; Exile by Jamila Hashimi; An Indian Lauren Bacall by Leila Keys; Wages of Labour by Manto; The Vultures of the Parsi Cemetery by Ali Imam Naqvi, Lord of the Rubble by Mohan Rakesh; Pali and We have Arrived in Amritsar both by Bhisham Sahni.

Tour Schedule

11 Aug – 18 Aug 1997
Edinburgh International Festival at Gateway Theatre

4 Sept  – 27 Sept 1997
Tricycle Theatre, London

30 Sept – 4 Oct 1997
Haymarket Studio, Leicester

7 Oct – 25 Oct 1997
Birmingham Repertory Theatre Studio

28 Oct - 1 Nov 1997
Courtyard Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds