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.
A play that looks at three generations of men struggling with their dreams and their journeys, Eclipse is an intimate look at personal stories affected by historical events.
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.
"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."
- BRITISH THEATRE GUIDE
"Absorbingly told by Umar Ahmed, Eclipse suggests that ancestral memory is never as meaningful as the allegiances of everyday life."
- THE GUARDIAN
"(Playwright Haresh Sharma) has demonstrated a deftness and maturity in scriptwriting, a deeper inquiry into life and humanity, as well as an evident progress in terms of his creations."
- LIANHE ZAOBAO
Cover Type: Soft Cover
Year Published: 2014