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Written and Directed by Umar Butt
As a girl she lived through the death and destruction of the 1947 partition between India and Pakistan, but now Zubair’s grandmother is like everyone else’s grandmother. Old and wrinkly, slow in speech and speed. The separation, isolation and loss of that time are a distant memory. Now she makes her own olive oil and mango pickle and butter. Sits in the afternoon sun brushing her grandchildren’s hair. Knits sweaters for the winter and makes cakes. She had lived in the same house on the same street for 40 years of her life. Nothing out of the ordinary. Until she gets on a plane to visit Zubair seven seas afar.
On the stage are four performers, including a live musician, all multi-rolling. The story spans two time frames, one in the year 2000 as Eliza recounts her story to her grandson, and the other from 1933-47, as we observe Eliza’s younger life unfold.
“Alex & Eliza is an imaginative and epic story of a family’s journey looking to its past to understand its present. Sharing deeply personal stories with universal themes around love, selflessness and acceptance. Full of music, humour and first class story-telling, Alex & Eliza packs so much into an hour and it leaves you thinking about your family and the stories you don’t know about your past.” Mark Calvert, Northern Stage.
“Alex & Eliza is a wonderfully engaging, moving and funny piece of theatre which deals with the devastation caused by the Partition of India in apersonal and accessible way.” Katy Taylor, Queen’s Hall Artst Centre, Hexham.