What Did Critics Think of Alan Ayckbourn’s Dystopian Drama The Divide?

The Verdict   What Did Critics Think of Alan Ayckbourn’s Dystopian Drama The Divide?
 
The world-premiere play about a deadly contagion that leads to the segregation of men and women plays the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before a 2018 London bow.
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The Divide, the 79th play from Oliver-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn, is playing its world-premiere engagement August 8–20 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The two-part play set within a dystopian future, will be remounted at London’s Old Vic beginning January 30, 2018, with the same cast and director.

Directed by Annabel Bolton, the cast includes Jake Davies and Erin Doherty as siblings Elihu and Soween, discovering the truth about their tightly monitored society. Set after a fatal contagion devastates the English population, the contact between men and women is now deemed deadly.

Read reviews from Edinburgh Fringe Festival below:

The Arts Desk (David Kettle)

The Guardian (Michael Billington)

The Scottsman (Joyce McMillan)

The Stage (Natasha Tripney)

The Telegraph (Domenic Cavendish)

The Times (Ann Treneman)

Completing the cast are Clare Burt as Hork, Thusitha Jayasundera as Kest, Richard Katz as Conrad, Joanne McGuiness as Axi, Sophie Melville as Sassa, Clare Lawrence Moody as Desollia, Martin Quinn as Fergo, Sian Thomas as Older Soween, Finty Williams as Chayza, and Letty Thomas in the ensemble.

The production features music by Christopher Nightingale, design by Laura Hopkins, lighting design by David Plater, sound design by Bobby Aitken, and video design by Ash J Woodward with casting by Jessica Ronane.

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