Manju Sharma, Citizens of Elsewhere, 2019, written work, 15,300 words.
The libretto contains two letters of exchange, poems, music pieces, description of objects portraying nation and home. One letter is written to “Two minutes of Silence,” in which I try to understand why and how the western world is so fanatical with the WWII and remembering. It expresses how it feels to be without an image of a soldier in my thoughts, and what type of nation is created through this remembering. The second letter is addressed to the neighbour which allures to what is neighbouring? Here I discuss the relationship with a boy in the same street. We had a special relationship, he did not like me because I was a foreigner and I did not like him for disliking foreigners. This part of the letter goes on to reveal my anxieties with regards to Brexit.