Set in a future dystopian society, the The Divide follows in the wake of a deadly contagion which has decimated the English population and rendered contact between men and women lethal. Through the twisted preaching of a mysterious pastor, a hereto unthinkable solution is reached – the total gender segregation of the survivors.
Brother and sister, Elihu and Soween, raised in the repressive society begin witnessing the cracks in the brutal regime. A forbidden love affair arises as between Elihu and the daughter of two activist mothers, threatening to provoke a bloody revolution.
The Divide includes an remarkable on-stage ensemble, brimming with emergent and established talent, including Clare Burt (National Theatre’s London Road), Evening Standard Award-nominee Jake Davies (BBC’s The Missing), Erin Doherty (BBC’s Call the Midwife), Thusitha Jayasundera (National Theatre’s War Horse) and Richard Katz (BBC’s The Honourable Woman).
In addition, Sophie Melville (National Theatre’s Iphigenia in Splott), Clare Lawrence Moody (National Theatre’s Fram), Weruche Opia (Royal Court’s Liberian Girl), Martin Quinn (National Theatre of Scotland’s Let The Right One In), Letty Thomas (Tap Tap Theatre’s Men), Sian Thomas (Spring Awakening in the West End) and Finty Williams (BBC’s Cranford).
The ambitious and powerful production receives its premiere at the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival August 2017, before going on to a limited run at the Old Vic from the 1st to 10th February 2018. Book now for Part 1 of this revolutionary double-bill.
Recommended forFans of writer Alan Ayckbourn’s prolific back catalogue will not want to miss the chance to catch one if his most daring projects to date.
Age Recommendations: Suitable for age 16+