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 (Part One And Part Two).
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.
Directed by Annabel Bolton, The Divide played 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.
Age recommendation: 16 and older (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)
Cast & Creatives
- Clare Burt, Jake Davies, Erin Doherty, Thusitha Jayasundera, Richard Katz, Joanne McGuiness, Sophie Melville, Clare Lawrence Moody, Weruche Opia, Martin Quinn, Letty Thomas, Sian Thomas, Finty Williams
- Alan Ayckbourn
- Annabel Bolton
- Music by
- Christopher Nightingale
- The Old Vic
- Lighting Designer
- David Plater
- Bobby Aitken
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The Old Vic
- The Cut, London, United Kingdom, SE1 8NB
- 0844 871 7628 (Calls cost 7p per min plus your telephone company's network access charge)
- Official site
- Nearest tube
- Waterloo (200m)
- Nearest bus
- 1, 68, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 501
- Nearest train
- Waterloo (200m) Take Exit 2 and turn right.
1 bay for blue badge holders in Webber Street, plus meters. NCP in Coin Street. Nearest taxi pick-up point is at Waterloo station.
- This venue accepts Theatre Tokens
- How to book
- Tel: 0844 871 7628 (Calls cost 5p per min plus your telephone company's network access charge) Fax: 020 7928 4397 Minicom: 0870 060 6641 Online booking form available via www.oldvictheatre.com/access Email: email@example.com
- Discounts vary with each production.
- Limited mobility
- Boxes or E28, F20, G6, G31, M4, X7 in the Stalls have the most leg room.
- Access description
- There is a ramp from street level into the foyer and the box office is on your right. Handrails are available on either side of the entrance. From the foyer there are seven steps into the Stalls (without handrails). There are 20+ steps to the Dress Circle and a further 20 steps to the Baylis Circle (with handrails). The theatre is open 1 hour before the performance.
- Hearing impaired
- Sennheiser infra-red system. A unit is required to be collected from the cloakroom for a £5 deposit (which will be refunded on return of the unit). 30+ units available, including in-ear types and loop units to be used with the T-setting/switch on hearing aids. Some seats are unsuitable for use with the units, please inform the box office at the time of booking if one is likely to be needed. Induction loop is available at the walk-up box office.
- Guide dogs policy
- Guide dogs are allowed into the auditorium. Alternatively, staff can dog-sit. Pleae inform Box Office at time of booking.
- There is a ramp from street level into the foyer. One wheelchair position in Stalls seat N5, a companion can sit in N6. In the case of a transfer, the wheelchair will be stored in the adapted toilet which is next to the access door and close to the wheelchair position. Please discuss any access needs with the box office at the time of booking.
- There are men’s and women’s off the Pit bar, and 21 steps up from the Lilian Baylis bar.
- Disabled toilets
- Adapted WC on the left inside the side entrance.
- Pit bar down 19 steps from foyer (spacious), Dress Circle bar up 20+ steps, Lilian Baylis bar up 49 steps. Soft drinks brought to disabled customers in the auditorium. All have moveable seats.
- This venue accepts Theatre Tokens