Alan Ayckbourn’s The Divide comes together for Old Vic run

Alan Ayckbourn’s futuristic, two-part, dystopian nightmare, The Divide, comes together for a run at London’s Old Vic this February.

Now being staged as a single production, The Divide, directed by Annabel Bolton, was written as a ‘narrative for voices’ by Ayckbourn.

Following its premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival, The Divide unfolds in a dystopian society of repression and seething insurrection.

Contact between men and women has become fatal in the aftermath of a deadly contagion that has decimated the population.

Under the dictates of an elusive and authoritarian Preacher, an unthinkable solution has been enforced.

The adult survivors are now segregated by gender and, physically separated, men wear white as a sign of their purity and women – still deemed infected – are clothed in black as a mark of their sin.

As new social norms prevail, 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.

Cast: Lucy Briggs-Owen, Jake Davies, Erin Doherty, Thusitha Jayasundera, Richard Katz, Joanne McGuinness, Sophie Melville, Clare Lawrence Moody, Weruche Opia, Martin Quinn, Letty Thomas and Finty Williams.

The production will also feature a choir of 20 performers from The Old Vic’s community company performing original music composed by Christopher Nightingale.

The Divide runs at the Old Vic from February 1-10.

Rhys Ifans follows up A Christmas Carol with Mood Music at the Old Vic which previews from 21 April.

In an expensive London recording studio, a young songwriter, her producer, their lawyers and psychotherapists battle it out over who owns a hit song.

A sly, wry exploration of the dark side of the music industry by the writer of Sunny Afternoon and Blue/Orange, the premiere of Mood Music by Joe Penhall, is directed by Roger Michell.

Rhys Ifans, who plays the producer in the production, will follow Mood Music with Exit the King at the National Theatre in July.

Mood Music runs from April 21 – June 16.

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