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.