The Divide: Significant Productions

This page contains details of significant presentations of Alan Ayckbourn's The Divide.

First read-through (2015)

First Read-Through: 4 June 2015
Venue: Alan Ayckbourn’s home
Staging: N/A

Director: Alan Ayckbourn

Character
All characters

Actor
Alan Ayckbourn
Heather Stoney
Katherine Dunn-Mines
Simon Murgatroyd

Note: Unusually the first read-through of The Divide took place with the staff of Alan Ayckbourn’s own company. Given the unusual nature of the piece and its length, a preliminary read-through was held to ascertain how long it ran for the proposed gala rehearsed reading (see below) as well as its suitability for ‘performance’. At the initial read-through, The Divide ran for seven-and-a-half hours without breaks.

Gala Read-Through (2015)

World premiere: 27 September 2015
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Staging: Three-sided

Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Lighting: Tigger Johnson
Costumes: Rebecca Cartwright
Editor: Katherine Dunn Mines

Company Stage Manger: Fleur Linden Beeley
Deputy Stage Manager: Sue Volans
Assistant Stage Manager: Emma Lang

Character
Walsice / Tana / Marzin / Doctor
Giella
Fergo / S. Jagg / Walby
Tutor Morden / Vint / Brigadier
Hork / Teacher Ollishaw / Mondrian
Clerk
Soween
Sassa
Mama Chayza
Young Soween
Editor / Donal / Chief Diver
Axi / Cllr Grosh
Mapa Kest
Desolia / Talyed
Elihu
Tutor Rudgrin / Doagul / Dern
Older Soween
Young Elihu

Understudy

Actor
Stephen Billington
Elizabeth Boag
Andy Cryer
Russell Dixon
Laura Doddington
Katherine Dunn-Mines
Terenia Edwards
Ruth Gibson
Liza Goddard
Velvet Hebditch
Paul Kemp
Emma Manton
Alexandra Mathie
Fleur Mould
James Powell
Richard Stacey
Heather Stoney
Sam Tennant

Jaye Lewis

Note: Regarded as the first public performance of The Divide, this was a semi-staged, read production which was both rehearsed and performed within the weekend of 26 - 27 September 2015.

World Premiere - Staged (2017)

First performance: 8 / 9 August 2017
World Premiere: 11 August 2017
Final performance: 20 August 2017
Venue: King's Theatre, Edinburgh
Staging: End-stage

Director: Annabel Bolton
Design: Laura Hopkins
Composer: Christopher Nightingale
Lighting:
David Plater
Sound: Bobby Aitken
Video: Ash J Woodward

A co-production between the Edinburgh International Festival and The Old Vic.

Character
To be announced

Actor
To be announced

Note: This production, premiered during the Edinburgh International Festival, is regarded as the world premiere of the first full staged production of The Divide.

London Premiere - Staged (2018)

First performance: 30 January 2018
Premiere: 3 February 2018
Final performance: 10 February 2018
Venue: The Old Vic, London
Staging: End-stage

Director: Annabel Bolton
Design: Laura Hopkins
Composer: Christopher Nightingale
Lighting:
David Plater
Sound: Bobby Aitken
Video: Ash J Woodward

Character
To be announced

Actor
To be announced

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.