Exchange of Lunatics – Flyer

Series nameProject Development

This red and black leaflet was produced for Mán Melá ‘s 2001 adaptation of Saadat Hasan Manto’s short story, ‘Toba Tek Singh – The Exchange of Lunatics’. Manto is considered to be one of the most controversial and widely read authors in Urdu. The production was a work in progress and was written by Punjab-born writer Amarjit Chandan. ‘The Exchange of Lunatics’ is an account of the bureaucratic plan to transfer Hindu and Sikh mentally disabled pole from Lahore Asylum shortly after Partition in 1947. The play was directed by Mán Melá ‘s artistic director Dominic Rai and was performed by professional actors and people who had never acted before, from the community. The leaflet includes a background to Manto’s original story and lists forthcoming Mán Melá productions.

Date of Creation / Publication2001
CreatorMán Melá Theatre Company
Associated Person/ OrganisationRai, Dominic
Collection and Reference NumberMán Melá Theatre Company Collection (GB 2661 MM)
Catalogue NumberMM/PD/12
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or the associated person or organisation where applicable.
Access to originalsThe originals are located at SADAA
Series notesThe digitised material in this section includes photographs, extracts of scripts, flyers and posters from selected project development activities led by Mán Melá from1994 to 2003.
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.