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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 has been decimated by a deadly contagion. Contact between men and women is fatal. They are forcibly separated by a divide. Men wear white as a mark of their purity and women – still infected – wear black as a sign of their sin.
Brother and sister Elihu and Soween grow up in a small town devastated by disease, learning the ways of the closely monitored society around them. But when Elihu falls for the daughter of two radical mothers, he risks not only fatal disease but also igniting a bloody revolution.
Spread across two separate Parts, The Divide is a hugely engaging and constantly surprising story of a society that segregates – but is still recognisable. It is a vastly ambitious project, teeming with richly imagined detail that recounts the work of George Orwell, Aldous Huxley and even Nigel Kneale’s Quatermass films.
Alan Ayckbourn, the eminent British playwright and director, 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 with London’s The Old Vic, Edinburgh International Festival, and Karl Sydow, directed by Annabel Bolton an associate director of The Old Vic.
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
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
Photo: Alamy / Pentagram
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