Child of the Divide
Child of the Divide

Child of the Divide

A remarkable story of family, identity and belonging; marking the 70th anniversary of the partition of India.

Tues 7 - Sat 11 November 7.30pm + Thurs & Fri 2.30pm



Summer 1947 and 16 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.

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.

“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

Child of the Divide premiered at Polka in 2006 in a co-production with Tamasha, where it was named that year’s No 1 show for children and families by Time Out. Sudha Bhuchar is delighted to be returning to Polka with this thrilling new production marking the launch of Bhuchar Boulevard.

Child of the Divide is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. 

Post-show details


Tuesday 7 November
The National Archives – led by Iqbal Husain, Regional Community Partnerships Manager, Education and Outreach Department.
Actors will read out extracts from the National Archives records to highlight the themes and context in the play “Child of the Divide” about the Partition of India and
will be accompanied on stage by Sudha Bhuchar, writer of the play. This is the first time that The National Archives has worked with a theatre company to use its
records to reach out to audiences, giving added historical reality and context to a play inspired by real-life events.
FREE to ticket holders approximate time 30-40 minutes

Wednesday 8 November 
Post-show talk with the Cast about the show, playing parents and children and the themes of the show.
FREE to ticket holders approximate time 20-30 minutes.

Thursday 9 November 
Post show talk: Partition and its Legacy

Speakers: Professor Sarah Ansari, Professor of History at Royal Holloway, University of London; Rev. Martin Henwood, of The Partition History Project – an organisation that aims to raise awareness about this monumental historical event which has been largely brushed over by public history institutions and the national curriculum & Jatinder Verma, artistic director, Tara-Arts on how arts can help with teaching of history. 

FREE to ticket holders – approximate time 30mins.




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