Written by Haresh Sharma
Directed and performed by Umar Butt
A young Singaporean man is making a journey to his father’s birthplace in Hyderabad, Pakistan. With him are his father’s ashes. As he makes the arduous trip, he retraces the original journey made by millions of people — including his parents and grandparents — in 1947, during the partition of India and Pakistan.
Eclipse is a play that explores themes of belonging, identity, migration, love, loss and family. The story follows three generations of men struggling with their dreams and their journeys and is an intimate look at personal stories affected by historical events.
This one-man show was deeply rooted in a sense of time and place, and Sharma brought even audience members with little knowledge of partition in India and Pakistan into the events with carefully layered exposition.
First staged to critical acclaim as a short play by Scotland’s 7:84 Theatre at Traverse Theatre, Eclipse was developed into a full-length production and presented in Singapore as a Fringe Highlight of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2008.
Absorbingly told by Umar Butt, Eclipse suggests that ancestral memory is never as meaningful as the allegiances of everyday life.
- The Guardian
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