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The Divide – Part One

The Old Vic

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The Divide is Alan Ayckbourn's epic new tale that unflinchingly explores a dystopian society of repression, insurrection and forbidden love, presented in two parts (this page is for Part One).

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The Divide is Alan Ayckbourn’s epic new tale that unflinchingly explores a dystopian society of repression, insurrection and forbidden love, presented in two parts (this page is for Part One click here for Part Two).

The Divide is set in the aftermath of a deadly contagion which, a century from now, has decimated the English population and rendered contact between men and women fatal. Under the dictates of an elusive Preacher, an unthinkable solution is enforced.

Separated by The Divide, the adult survivors are segregated by gender, as men wear white as a mark of their purity, and women – still infected – are clothed in black as a sign of their sin.

Brother and sister Elihu (Jake Davies) and Soween (Erin Doherty) grow up learning the ways of their tightly controlled society. As they begin to glimpse the cracks in the system, Elihu falls for Giella (Weruche Opia), the daughter of two radical mothers, risking fatal disease and threatening to ignite a bloody revolution.

Spread across two separate parts, this is a hugely engaging and constantly surprising story of a society that segregates – but is still recognisable.

An extraordinary new work by one of the UK’s greatest storytellers, Alan Ayckbourn’s The Divide is a vision of a dystopian future defined by brutal repression and forbidden love.

Directed by Annabel Bolton, The Divide received its world premiere as part of the Edinburgh International Festival over a two-week run in August 2017, before opening at The Old Vic in January 2018. This collaboration with EIF is the first of several brokered by The Old Vic to mark the bicentenary of the theatre in 2018, and promises a tale for our own turbulent times.

Age Recommendation: 16+ (contains scenes of nudity)

Please note that The Divide is presented in two parts. The show is best experienced by watching both parts, so please ensure when booking that you are aware of the performance schedule:

Part One: Tue & Thu 7.30pm, Sat 1.30pm (extra performance Wed 7 Feb 1.30pm) 
Part Two: 
Wed & Fri & Sat 7.30pm (extra performance Fri 9 Feb 7.30pm) 

We currently do not have any tickets for this show. For more information and tickets, please visit the show website.

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Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 30/01/2018

Opening Night: 03/02/2018

Closing Night: 10/02/2018

Running time: TBC

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We currently do not have any tickets for this show. For more information and tickets please visit the show's website.

Cast & Creative

Cast

Hork - Clare Burt

Elihu - Jake Davies

Soween - Erin Doherty

Kest - Thusitha Jayasundera

Conrad - Richard Katz

Axi - Joanne McGuiness

Sassa - Sophie Melville

Desollia - Clare Lawrence Moody

Giella - Weruche Opia

Fergo - Martin Quinn

Grosh - Letty Thomas

Older Soween - Sian Thomas

Chayza - Finty Williams

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Creative

Director - Annabel Bolton

Producer - The Old Vic

Designer - Laura Hopkins

Lighting Designer - David Plater

Movement Director - Lucy Hind

Sound - Bobby Aitken

Author - Alan Ayckbourn

Music By - Christopher Nightingale

Video Designer - Ash J Woodward

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