Exchange of Lunatics – Photograph

Series nameProject Development

This image depicts four actors from Mán Melá ‘s adaptation of Saadat Hasan Manto’s short story, ‘Toba Tek Singh – The Exchange of Lunatics’. The story, performed in English and Punjabi, is an account of the plan to transfer Hindu and Sikh mentally disabled people from Lahore Asylum shortly after Partition in 1947. The image features a scene from the play with actors Sava Dhalivaal, Harmage Singh Kalirai, Sanjit Sil and Mazhar Tirmazi. The production took place at The Hawth Theatre in Crawley in August 2000.

Date of Creation / Publication2000
CreatorWhitfield, John
Associated Person/ OrganisationRai, Dominic
Collection and Reference NumberMán Melá Theatre Company Collection (GB 2661 MM)
Catalogue NumberMM/PD/13
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.