The Divide

A new play by Alan Ayckbourn

The Divide is an extraordinary new work by one of the UK’s greatest storytellers, Alan Ayckbourn. The Divide is a tale for our own turbulent times that explores 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.

The Divide receives its premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival in a co-production with The Old Vic and Karl Sydow.

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Community involvement in this production has been made possible by the generous support of the Mohamed S. Farsi Foundation.

Creative Team

  • Alan Ayckbourn


  • Annabel Bolton


  • Laura Hopkins


  • Christopher Nightingale


  • David Plater

    Lighting Designer

  • Bobby Aitken

    Sound Designer

  • Ash J Woodward

    Video Designer

  • Jessica Ronane CDG

    Casting Director