Commission Child of the Divide | Bhuchar Boulevard


Bhuchar Boulevard in association with Big Imaginations, Partition History Project and Polka Theatre

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

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.

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

“A wonderful and mature play… with equal appeal to kids and adults, heart and head” Lyn Gardner, Guardian

Best Kids’ Show of 2006 – Time Out London

“It really was one of the best plays I’ve ever seen… The play taught me how important family is. It also taught me that everyone matters.” – Year 4 pupil, The Priory School, Wimbledon


About the Company

Bhuchar Boulevard is founded by award-winning and acclaimed theatre maker and actor Sudha Bhuchar.

Bhuchar Boulevard projects are inspired by and inform Sudha Bhuchar’s evolving practice and build on her canon of ground-breaking landmark work. These are made and curated through creative dialogue and collaboration with Artist associates; arts and not- arts partners, communities, and audiences- displaying an empathetic approach and an ability to be at home with culturally and politically sensitive stories in all their complexity.

With a great emphasis on research and excavating personal and intimate stories of lives that take unexpected and diverse directions; Bhuchar Boulevard paints a broader canvas of today’s changing world by capturing the cultural hybridity inherent in our everyday lives.

The hall mark of Bhuchar Boulevard is a lightness of touch that is emotional yet intelligent; truthful and quietly innovative; heartfelt and humorous.