Devesh Kishore (Shakur) and Halema Hussian (Zainab) in Child of the Divide, Polka Theatre. Photo: Katherine Leedale
Pali’s parents continue to search for their missing son. Seven years later, his father discovers where Pali is being kept, and arrives at the house of the Muslim couple to take Pali home. For Pali, these changes result in an identity crisis: the young boy must once more decide who he is, despite the political chasm separating Pakistan and India.
Child of the Divide explores the personal effects of the Partition of India through intimate stories. Pali and his neighbourhood friends soon realise that they’re similarly suffering from an identity crisis brought on by the surrounding political upheaval. Friendships snap, and are subsequently rebuilt, as the children discover that the boundaries drawn in the dust are arbitrary.
The set reflects perpetual chasm between the two faiths, with a map of India cut up via a border that stands out like a jagged red scar in the background, an ever-present reminder.
Diljohn Singh (Manohar Lal), Karan Gill (Pali) and Nyla Levy (Kaushalya) in Child of the Divide, Polka Theatre
This child-friendly play premiered at the Polka Theatre in 2006, and it has returned to mark the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India. Based on the story by Bhisham Sahni, Child of the Divide uses an intimate struggle to portray the tragedy of millions, exploring themes of identity, politics, and acceptance.
Ages: recommended for ages 7 – 14
|What||Review: Child of the Divide, Polka Theatre|
|Where||Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1SB | MAP|
|Nearest tube||South Wimbledon (underground)|
29 Sep 17 – 15 Oct 17, 2:30 PM – 3:55 PM
|Website||Click here for tickets and more information|