Across the Black Waters – Photograph

Series nameProductions: Across the Black Waters

This colour image is taken from Mán Melá ‘s 1998 adaptation of Mulk Raj Anand’s novel ‘Across the Black Waters’, about the forgotten role of Indian soldiers in World War One. The image features Vincent Ebrahim as “Uncle Kirpu” in army uniform. This production toured various venues in October and November 1998 including the National Army Museum, Hackney Empire Studio and The Hawth Theatre in Crawley.

Date of Creation / Publication1998
CreatorWells, Gerald
Associated Person/ OrganisationRai, Dominic; Mán Melá Theatre Company
Collection and Reference NumberMán Melá Theatre Company Collection (GB 2661 MM)
Catalogue NumberMM/PRO/AB/1
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or the associated person or organisation where applicable.
Access to originalsThe originals are located at SADAA
Series notesAcross Black Waters, a play adapted by Mán Melá from the novel by Mulk Raj Anand, depicts the struggles and aspirations of an Indian soldier in the trenches of the Western Front. More than one million soldiers fought in the First World War and over 62,000 died. Mán Melá’s adaptation of the novel by Dominic Rai and Gerald Wells, included music by composed by Baluji Shrivastav. The play itself and exracts of it toured the UK between 1998 and 2003 at various venues including the National Army Museum. The digitised items in this file include production programmes and leaflets, which provide historical details and information.
Collection notesThe Mán Melá Theatre Company Collection consists of digitised material pertaining to Mán Melá’s productions and its audience and project development work since 1993. The items include production and workshop photographs, flyers and information-based programmes.

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