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Full cast for The Divide announced
The Old Vic, Edinburgh International Festival and Karl Sydow today announce the complete cast for The Divide, a new work by Alan Ayckbourn, which receives its world premiere in a co-production at the International Festival this August. Directed by Annabel Bolton, an Associate Director of The Old Vic, this extraordinary new drama is presented in two parts at the King’s Theatre, Edinburgh before opening at The Old Vic in January as part of its bicentennial season.
The outstanding ensemble cast is Clare Burt (National Theatre’s London Road and Rufus Norris’ BIFA Award-winning film Broken), Evening Standard Award-nominee Jake Davies (BBC’s The Missing, Manchester Royal Exchange’s Yen), Erin Doherty (BBC’s Call the Midwife), Thusitha Jayasundera (National Theatre’s War Horse, BBC’s Doctor Foster), Richard Katz (BBC’s The Honourable Woman), Joanne McGuinness (National Theatre of Scotland’s Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour), Sophie Melville (Iphigenia in Splott), Clare Lawrence Moody (National Theatre’s Fram), Weruche Opia (Royal Court’s Liberian Girl, BBC’s Bad Education), Martin Quinn (National Theatre of Scotland’s Let The Right One In), Letty Thomas (Tap Tap Theatre’s Men), Sian Thomas (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and Spring Awakening in the West End), and Finty Williams (BBC’s Cranford).
The Divide is the first work by Alan Ayckbourn to be premiered at the International Festival. Throughout his career, he has produced 80 internationally acclaimed stage works including Absurd Person Singular, The Norman Conquests and A Chorus of Disapproval. Ayckbourn’s plays are regularly performed all over the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages.
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.
For more photos and a video of The Divide in rehearsal visit our new blog post.
Director Annabel Bolton and Jake Davies playing Elihu
Erin Doherty plays Soween
All photos © Manuel Harlan