The production will open at the Polka Theatre from the 29th September until the 15th October, before touring across the UK until the 17th November.
Written by Sudha Bhuchar and directed by Jim Pope, Child of the Divide is a story of family, identity and belonging set against a fractured landscape and marks the 70th anniversary of the partition of India.
Summer 1947. Sixteen million people are on the move between India and the newly-formed Pakistan. Amid the violent political upheaval, young Pali’s fingers slip from his father’s hand, and his destiny changes forever.
Lost, dispossessed and alone, Pali is saved by a Muslim family. The boy is given a new home and new family, a new name, a new faith and a new life. But seven years later, his real father returns to claim him and Pali’s life is turned upside down again. He is forced to decide who he is: the Hindu boy he was born to be, the Muslim boy he has become, or simply a child of the divide.
Casting for the UK tour of the production is set to include: Pali played by Karan Gill (Sweet Love Remember’d , All Places That the Eye of Heaven Visits – both at Shakespeare’s Globe). He will be joined by Halema Hussain (Sean Turner’s production of The Crucible, Shakespeare’s Sister), Devesh Kishore (Gansta Granny, Piece of Silk), Nyla Levy (Diary of a Hounslow Girl and work with Cardboard Citizens, National Theatre and, Lyric Hammersmith) and Diljohn Singh (Punjabi Girl Punjabi Boy, Motortown, Total Eclipse).
Child of the Divide originally premiered at the Polka Theatre in 2006 it received rave reviews and was named as that year’s number one show for children and families by Time Out.
The debut work of Sudha Bhuchar’s recently formed company Bhuchar Boulevard, starts the tour with a return to Polka. A pilot of this new production was made in 2016 and brought with it a partnership with The Partition History Project.
The production is presented by Bhuchar Boulevard which was founded Sudha Bhuchar with a mission to create heartfelt, unforgettable theatre for multiple and diverse audiences by holding up a mirror to humanity.
Child of the Divide will be on tour from the 29th September until the 17th November. For more information visit: https://www.bhucharboulevard.com/child-of-divide-2017.