VenueKing's Theatre
Date From8th August 2017
Date To20th August 2017
What's OnV601

The Divide - Part 1

The Divide - Part 1T402441456
The Divide is an extraordinary new work by one of the UK's greatest storytellers, Alan Ayckbourn. Unfolding over two parts, The Divide is a tale for our own turbulent times that unflinchingly examines a dystopian society of brutal repression, forbidden love and seething insurrection. A century from now, England has been decimated by a deadly contagion. Contact between men and women is fatal. They are forcibly separated by a divide. Men wear white as a mark of their purity and women - still infected - wear black as a sign of their sin. Brother and sister Elihu and Soween grow up in a small town devastated by disease, learning the ways of the closely monitored society around them. But when Elihu falls for the daughter of two radical mothers, he risks not only fatal disease but also igniting a bloody revolution. Spread across two separate Parts, The Divide is a hugely engaging and constantly surprising story of a society that segregates - but is still recognisable. It is a vastly ambitious project, teeming with richly imagined detail that recounts the work of George Orwell, Aldous Huxley and even Nigel Kneale's Quatermass films.
Author Alan Ayckbourn

Archive :: production:T402441456, play:S1258554635, venue:V601
Current production:Tour/Production

Production details

World Premiere. Edinburgh International Festival

Special Performances

  • 19 Aug 17 Audio Described
  • 19 Aug 17 Sign Interpreted
  • 20 Aug 17 Captioned


Producer Old Vic
Director Annabel Bolton
Music Christopher Nightingale (songs)
Lighting David Plater
Sound Bobby Aitkin
Design Laura Hopkins
Performer Clare Burt
Performer Sophie Melville
Performer Sian Thomas
Performer Finty Williams
Performer Jake Davies
Performer Erin Doherty
Performer Thusitha Jayasundera
Performer Richard Katz
Performer Clare Lawrence Moody
Performer Weruche Opia
Performer Martin Quinn
Performer Letty Thomas

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