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The Divide
Part 1

Alan Ayckbourn / The Old Vic / Annabel Bolton
8 - 20 August 2017
King's Theatre

World Premiere

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, directed by Annabel Bolton an associate director of The Old Vic.


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  • Audio Described:
    19 Aug 2pm
  • Running time: 
    3hrs approx (one interval)
  • BSL interpreted:
    19 Aug 2pm
  • Captioned:
    20 Aug 2pm

Venue

King's Theatre

2 Leven St,
Edinburgh,
EH3 9LQ

Funded by

Sir Ewan and Lady Brown
through the Edinburgh International
Festival Commissioning Fund

The Pirie Rankin Charitable Trust

Access

  • British sign language
  • Audio described
  • Captioned performance
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    The Old Vic and Edinburgh International Festival Production

    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


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    Alan Ayckbourn
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    Annabel Bolton
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    Photo: Alamy / Pentagram

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    Tickets

    Dress circle (preview): £26 £20 £10
    Stalls (preview): £26 £20 £16 £10
    Upper circle (preview): £16 £10
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