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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 is hit by a deadly contagion. Society is decimated as contact between men and women becomes fatal. Under the dictates of an elusive Preacher, an unthinkable solution is enforced. Separated by the Divide, the adult survivors are segregated by gender with men wearing white as a mark of their purity and women – still infected – clothed in black as a sign of their sin.
Decades later, brother and sister Elihu and Soween are growing up learning the ways of their new, tightly controlled society. As they begin to glimpse the cracks in the system, Elihu falls for the daughter of two radical mothers, risking fatal disease and threatening to ignite a bloody revolution. The Divide is a searing vision of a future defined by brutal repression, forbidden love and seething insurrection.
Spread across two separate parts, The Divide is a hugely engaging and constantly surprising story of a society that segregates – but is still recognisable.
Alan Ayckbourn has produced 80 internationally acclaimed stage works including Absurd Person Singular, The Norman Conquests and A Chorus of Disapproval. His plays are regularly performed all over the world, and have been translated into more than 35 languages.
The Divide receives its premiere in a co-production between The Old Vic, London, Edinburgh International Festival and Karl Sydow, directed by Annabel Bolton, an associate director of The Old Vic.
[Ayckbourn] unfailingly explores themes that tap in to the Zeitgeist
The Old Vic performed at the first 1947 International Festival and regularly over the next decade.
- Audio Described:19 Aug 2pm
- Running time:3hrs approx (one interval)
- BSL interpreted:19 Aug 2pm
- Captioned:20 Aug 2pm
Sir Ewan and Lady Brown
through the Edinburgh International
Festival Commissioning Fund
The Pirie Rankin Charitable Trust
A co-production between The Old Vic, Edinburgh International Festival, and Karl Sydow
Alan Ayckbourn Writer
Annabel Bolton Director
Cast includes Clare Burt, Jake Davies, Erin Doherty, Thusitha Jayasundera, Richard Katz, Sophie Melville, Joanne McGuinness, Clare Lawrence Moody, Weruche Opia, Martin Quinn, Letty Thomas, Finty Williams
Laura Hopkins Designer
Christopher Nightingale Composer
David Plater Lighting designer
Bobby Aitken Sound designer
Ash J Woodward Video designer
Jessica Ronane Casting director
More information about some of the artists
The Divide | The Herald
Photo: Manuel Harlan
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