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The Divide


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. Explores a dystopian society of repression, insurrection and forbidden love.
The Divide at The Old Vic

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Overview


Genre: Drama

Director:

Annabel Bolton

Sean Linnen (Associate Director)


Author:
Alan Ayckbourn

Music:
Christopher Nightingale

Running time: To be confirmed

Age suitability:
Not available

Background


The Divide, presented in two parts, is a tale that unflinchingly explores a dystopian society of repression, insurrection and forbidden love.


The show is directed by Annabel Bolton, an Associate Director of The Old Vic.


The Divide receives its premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival in a co-production with The Old Vic and Karl Sydow.


Synopsis


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.


The Divide is a vision of a dystopian future defined by brutal repression and forbidden love.


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Dates


Previews from:Tuesday 30 January 2018

Closes:Saturday 10 February 2018

Performance days & times


Evening:

Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm (10 Feb)


Matinee:

Wednesday - 1-30pm

Thursday - 1-30pm

Friday - 1-30pm

Saturday - 1-30pm

(From 7 Feb)


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Captioned Performance:

Fri 9 Feb 1‑30pm

Fri 9 Feb 7‑30pm


Audio Described Performance:

Wed 7 Feb 1‑30pm

Wed 7 Feb 7‑30pm


Cast


Clare Burt - Hork

Jake Davies - Elihu

Erin Doherty - Soween

Thusitha Jayasundera - Kest

Richard Katz - Conrad

Joanne McGuiness - Axi

Sophie Melville - Sassa

Clare Lawrence Moody - Desollia

Weruche Opia - Giella

Martin Quinn - Fergo

Letty Thomas - Ensemble

Sian Thomas - Older Soween

Finty Williams - Chayza


Creatives


Director: 

Annabel Bolton

Sean Linnen (Associate Director)


Designer: Laura Hopkins
Musical direction: Will Stuart
Lighting: David Plater
Sound: Bobby Aitken
Movement: Rachael Nanyonjo
Video designer: Ash J Woodward

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