Child of the Divide

A story of family, identity and belonging

29 Sep - 15 Oct

Main Stage Ages
7 - 14

By Sudha Bhuchar

Summer 1947 and 16 million people are on the move between India and the newly-formed Pakistan. Amid the upheaval young Pali’s fingers slip from his father’s hand, and his destiny changes forever.

Taken in by a Muslim family, he is given a new name, a new faith and a new life. But when his real father returns to claim him, Pali must 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.

Marking the 70th anniversary of the partition of India, we’re delighted to welcome back this compelling and timely play that premiered at Polka in 2006.

“A powerful play with a powerful story that should never be forgotten and retold to generations to come … go and see it now!”

“Imaginative and educational” The Stage

Bhuchar Boulevard in association with Big Imaginations, Partition History Project and Polka Theatre

Child of the Divide Post show event October 14th after 5pm performance.

There will be a post show event that will feature readings of excerpts of The National Archives documents on the Partition followed by a discussion.

This event is FREE and to ticket holders of for the show.

Ticket Prices

Tickets £13.50 | Concessions £10 | Previews £10
£1.50 transaction charge per booking

Schools: Tickets £10, one free teacher/adult ticket for every 10 student tickets
One free playtext for all school bookings.
A free Learning Pack will be available with follow-up classroom activities.
Pre or post performance workshops are available at cost of £200 (free for the first five bookings). Students will have the opportunity to take part in drama games, exercises and improvised scenes that will enhance the understanding of the play and enrich their experience of the performance. To book a workshop or for more information email


Age Policy

Recommended for ages 7 – 14 

Not suitable for under 7s

Click to read Age Policy

Schools Resources

Teacher Support Session
29 September at 4.30pm- 6.30pm
Professor Sarah Ansari, Head of History at Royal Holloway  University of London will give an overview of the historical context of partition, providing teachers with information they need to discuss partition and the establishment of the state of Pakistan in 1947.

This is a free event, however booking is essential and priority will be given to teachers and support staff bringing students to the production.

Teacher Resource Pack
A  teacher resource pack based on Child of the Divide   is  available here to download for free. This pack focuses primarily on creative, practical drama activities and literacy exercises that support the development of language and communication.

Download The Child of the Divide Activity Pack

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