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 wonderful and mature play that uses the story of one child to explore the tragedy of many thousands… it’s a rare show with equal appeal to kids and adults, heart and head”
Lyn Gardner, Guardian
Bhuchar Boulevard in association with Big Imaginations, Partition History Project and Polka Theatre
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Recommended for ages 7 – 14
Not suitable for under 7s
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.
Dates & Times
Please select your preferred date and performance:
- Sun 1 Oct, 2:30 PMBOOKLimited Availability, Reduced Price
- Wed 4 Oct, 10:30 AMBOOKSchool Performance
- Wed 4 Oct, 7:00 PMBOOK
- Thu 5 Oct, 10:30 AMBOOKSchool Performance
- Thu 5 Oct, 1:00 PMBOOKSchool Performance
- Sat 7 Oct, 2:30 PMBOOK
- Sat 7 Oct, 5:30 PMBOOK
- Sun 8 Oct, 2:00 PMBOOK
- Wed 11 Oct, 10:30 AMBOOKSchool Performance
- Wed 11 Oct, 4:30 PMBOOK
- Thu 12 Oct, 10:30 AMBOOKSchool Performance
- Thu 12 Oct, 1:00 PMBOOKSchool Performance
- Fri 13 Oct, 10:30 AMBOOKSchool Performance
- Fri 13 Oct, 1:00 PMBOOKSchool Performance
- Sat 14 Oct, 2:00 PMBOOK
- Sat 14 Oct, 5:00 PMBOOK
- Sun 15 Oct, 2:00 PMBOOK