The Divide | The Old Vic, London

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The Divide

The Divide is a tale that unflinchingly explores a dystopian society of repression, insurrection and forbidden love. The show is directed by Annabel Bolton, an Associate Director of The Old Vic.

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.

Booking Information

The Divide will now run as one performance (approx. 3hrs), so no longer a two-part production

Cancellation Policy

No exchanges or refunds after purchase.


Written by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by Annabel Bolton

Cast includes Clare Burt, Jake Davies, Erin Doherty, Thusitha Jayasundera, Richard Katz, Sophie Melville, Joanne McGuinness, Clare Lawrence Moody, Weruche Opia, Martin Quinn, Letty Thomas, Finty Williams

Suitable For Children

Age recommendation: 16 and older

**scenes of nudity**

Performance Times

Tue 30 Jan 2018 - Sat 10 Feb 2018

Matinee performances will start at the earlier time of 1pm, and evenings at the earlier time of 7pm

Where Do I Go

The Old Vic, The Cut London, SE1 8NB

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