North West Premiere of Child of the Divide

North West Premiere of Child of the Divide (Friday 20 October, 7pm)

Part of the Big Imaginations festival of theatre for children and families, 19 October – 5 November 2017

I have a boy. He is across the border,

I know he is.

A few miles between.

The same stars,

Shine on him.

Bhuchar Boulevard In association with Big Imaginations, Partition History Project and Polka  Presents

Summer 1947. Sixteen 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.

Lost, dispossessed and alone, Pali is saved by a Muslim family.  The boy is given a new home and new family, a new name, a new faith and a new life. But seven years later, his real father returns to claim him and Pali’s life is turned upside down again.  He is forced to 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.

To mark the seventieth anniversary of the partition of India, Sudha Bhuchar’s remarkable story of family, identity and belonging set against a fractured landscape, takes to the road this Autumn. Inspired by the short story Pali by Bhisham Sahni, Child of the Divide weaves through the lives of Pali and four other children in a fictionalised account of real experiences, of families torn apart and of stolen pasts, where friendship and love are found in unexpected places.

When the original production of Child of the Divide premiered at Polka in 2006, in a co-production with Tamasha, it received rave reviews and was named as that year’s number one show for children and families by Time Out.  With unaccompanied children gathering at our borders, this timely new production shines a light on the impact of world events on the lives of the young.

‘ 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, The Guardian


For further information, images, or for an interview / press review or ticket requests, please contact Laura Stevens at or 0161 232 6077.


Z-arts – Z-arts is Manchester’s only dedicated venue for children and family theatre and the leading partner in Big Imaginations, a consortium of North West venues and promoters bringing world class family theatre to the region. Z-arts mission is to inspire young people through all forms of art and help them begin their creative journey.

Big Imaginations – Big Imaginations is a region-wide group of venues and promoters dedicated to bringing brilliant children’s theatre to the North West. From grand auditoriums to rural village halls and everything in between, our mission is to spark the imagination of children aged 0-13 with the wonder of theatre. Big Imaginations has brought together 15 venues to make the North West’s children’s theatre offer bigger, better and more affordable.

Bhuchar Boulevard was founded in 2016 by Sudha Bhuchar with a mission to create heartfelt, unforgettable theatre for multiple and diverse audiences by holding up a mirror to our common humanity. Bhuchar Boulevard projects are inspired and informed by Sudha Bhuchar’s evolving practice and built on her canon of ground-breaking landmark work as a pioneering artistic leader and actor/playwright as co-founder of Tamasha theatre company where she served as co-artistic director for 26 years.

The play launches the Big Imaginations festival at Z-arts and some of the venues are part of the festival circuit.

Production dates and tour venues are as follows:
POLKA THEATRE, LONDON: Friday 29 September to Sunday 15 October

Z-ARTS, MANCHESTER: Thursday 19 October to Friday 20 October
BURNLEY YOUTH THEATRE: Saturday 21 October

THE BOO, ROSSENDALE: Sunday 22 October

THE EDGE, CHORLTON: Tuesday 24 October


HAT FACTORY, LUTON: Friday 27 October

RICH MIX – LONDON: Sunday 29 October

MIND THE GAP, BRADFORD: Friday 3 to Saturday 4 November

TARA ARTS – LONDON: Tuesday 7 to 11 October


AN LANTAIR – STORNAWAY: Saturday 17 November