Child of the Divide

May 19–20 & 22–25, 2018

We are delighted to announce that Child of the Divide made its Canadian premiere at the JUNIOR Festival at the Harbourfront Centre.

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Bhuchar Boulevard in association with

The Partition History Project

May 19–20 & 22–25, 2018

Canadian Premiere

A journey across loss, identity and belonging,
seen through the eyes of a child.

Summer 1947. Sixteen million people are on the move between India and newly formed Pakistan. Amid the 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.


  • “I was struck by how the story of a child in 1947 India still has such relevance in this 2018 world of travel bans and border crossings. I hope this production invites conversation about tolerance, identity and empathy.”
    – Mary Francis Moore, Curator

Cast: Characters

Halema Hussain Zainab /Hasina
Adam Karim/ Pali
Devesh Kishore Shakur/Pagalhead
Nyla Levy Kaushalya/Aisha
Diljohn Singh Manohar Lal/ Buttameez



Halema Hussain (Zainab/Hasina)

A graduate from The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, Child of the Divide UK Tour 2017 was  Halema's professional debut. She has recently appeared in Does My Bomb Look Big in This? (written by Nyla Levy).

Stage credits include:  Mary Warren - The Crucible directed by Sean Turner, Lucy Morgan/Hamnet Shakespeare - Shakespeare's Sister directed by Titania Krimpas, Maria The Funfair.

Film credits include:  The Scar Noor Afshan Mirza & Brad Butler (HOME Artist Film &, 2017) Halema worked extensively with the Equity and Diversity Panel.


Adam Karim (Pali)

Adam graduated from Manchester School of Theatre 2015.

Theatre credits: Thumbelina (Stephen Joseph Theatre) Untouchable (RADA Festival) Ready or Not (Arcola Theatre) Disgraced (English Theatre Franfurt) East is East (UK Tour) Troilus and Cressida (Shakespeare's Globe)

TV: Three Girls (BBC) Carol and Vinnie (BBC)

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Devesh Kishore (Shakur/Pagalhead)

Bakshi Sahib  Gauhar Jaan: The Datia Incident  by Mukul Ahmed, Shakur/Pagalhead, Child of the Divide by Jim Pope (2016 &UK Tour 2017) , Raj/Flavio, Gangsta Granny by Neal Foster, Sami, Piece of Silk by Tania Azevedo, Aditya, Stowaway by Hannah Barker and Lewis Heatherington.  Whilst training at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama: Roderigo, Duchess of Malfi by Greg Hersov,  Ring Ring by Ned Bennett, Tartuffe,Tartuffe by Jamie Garven, Antonio, The Merchant of Venice by Simon Reeves

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Nyla Levy (Kaushalya/Aisha):

Theatre includes:  Does My Bomb Look Big in This?  (writer of new play in development);  Different is Dangerous (Two's Company/Theatre 503); Rima in Street/Life (Cardboard Citizens); Self in Like Mother, Like Daughter (Battersea Arts Centre); Storyteller in 100 Stories(Hackney Empire); Kulli in Punjabi Girl (Rich Mix); Sameena in The Rebel & The Runaway (G.I.Y.P.T); Yasmin in That Isis Play Innit! (The Space);  Keywords (Lyric Hammersmith), Rashida in Homegrown: I am Taboo (Battersea Arts Centre); Sheza in Prevent Tours (Pint Sized Theatre); Shaheeda in The Diary of a Hounslow Girl (National Tour); and most recently Aisha & Saima in Magna Carter  (National Theatre Studio).

Film includes: Grace in Personality Aid (Nathan Cook), Mia in Prevent (CrisisCast), Mia in Safeguarding (CrisisCast), and Insta_Princess_xx in Finding Fatima (BMTV).

Television includes: Sophia in Guiding Lights (ITV Mammoth Screen).

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Diljohn Singh (Manohar Lal/ Buttameez)

Diljohn was born in India. He began as a model and actor in Mumbai and came to England to study at Birmingham School of Acting, graduating in 2014.  He is a well rounded actor with an incredible work ethic and is quite fearless on stage. He is a competent singer.

Theatre:  Guards at the Taj (Vienna Theatre Project) Child of the Divide (Autumn 2017 tour),  All’s Well That Ends Well, Total Eclipse, Phaedra, In Extremis, Bedlam, Motortown,  Punjabi Girl, Punjabi Boy, Silent Sisters.

Television: Sanjay & Karishma, Agatha Raisin 

Film: The Hanged Man, The Last Good bye, Home Office, Raagini , Aghori, Guest in London


Creative Team:

Writer Sudha Bhuchar
Director Jim Pope
Designer Sue Mayes
Composer /Sound Designer Arun Ghosh
Lighting Designer Peter Harrison
Movement Director Lawrence Evans
Production Manager Denis Charles
Stage Manager Ben Jones
Stage Manager Vicky Jukes
Wardrobe Annie James

For Bhuchar Boulevard
Artistic Director/Producer Sudha Bhuchar
Producer Nick Williams
Communications Consultant Suman Bhuchar
Press and PR David Burns
Marketing & Advertising JHI Marketing


Sudha Bhuchar Writer

Sudha Bhuchar is an actor/playwright and artistic leader. She co-founded Tamasha Theatre Company (with Kristine Landon-Smith) and served as co-artistic director for 26 years.  Writing credits include: Fourteen Songs, Two Weddings and a Funeral (winner of Barclays/TMA Best Musical), an adaptation of A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, Strictly Dandia , The House of Bilquis Bibi (Lorca’s play transposed to Pakistan) and the acclaimed My Name is… .  'Sudha's most recent credit was as co- writer on Sisters, a collaboration between National theatre Wales and Junoon in India.

Sudha’s extensive acting career includes Eastenders (BBC) and Coronation Street (ITV).  She will make her first Disney appearance in Mary Poppins Returns . Theatre credits include many plays at Tamasha; Khandan (Royal Court/Birmingham Rep) and Lions and Tigers (Globe Theatre).


Jim Pope Director

Jim Pope is a director, actor and teacher. Theatre credits:  Headz (2017) gritty urban monologues (20 Stories High tour). Hearing Things (2016/7) & Inside (2010) for Playing ON Theatre Company as co-artistic director. He specialises in social inclusion and has led programmes of work for Cardboard Citizens, Leap Confronting Conflict, Safe Ground working in prisons, hostels and psychiatric hospitals.


Sue Mayes Designer

Sue Mayes has varied career as a designer and teacher. Trained at the Central School of Art and Design, she began working in traditional British repertory theatre then moved to devised theatre. She designed all of Tamasha Theatre Company’s major productions until 2001 and the original design for Child of the Divide (2006).


Arun Ghosh Composer/Sound Designer

Arun Ghosh is a clarinettist, composer and music educator.  Credits include Lions and Tigers (Shakespeare’s Globe); Made in India (Tamasha). Winner of ‘Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year’ at the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, Ghosh composed the score for the original production of Child of the Divide and has been delighted to revisit his music to this wonderful play.


Peter Harrison Lighting 

Peter Harrison trained at RADA and designs for theatre, opera and dance. Credits include: Julius Caesar (Guildford Shakespeare Company), The Cardinal (Southwark Playhouse), Pink Mist (Bristol Old Vic), Paul Bunyan (Welsh National Youth Opera), Opera Works (ENO Baylis), In Nocentes (Sadlers Wells), and Jean and Antonin (Gartnerplatz, Munich).



Lawrence Evans  Movement Director

 Lawrence works as a movement director, actor, director, and teacher. He was nominated for an Olivier Award for his work at the National Theatre with the theatre poet Tony Harrison. He received a Best Actor Award from the Liverpool Echo Northwest Arts Awards and his co-written play Lives Worth Living is published by Heinemann Educational. As a Movement Director he has done over 40 productions including the original 2006 production of Child of the Divide.



Ben Jones Stage Manager 

Benedict Jones trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Stage Management. He is a prolific touring Stage Manager; travelling and working throughout the UK. Theatre credits include; Company Stage Manager for; Changeling Theatre’s tours of All’s Well That Ends Well, She Stoops to Conquer, and Hamlet (South East Tours). Stage Manager for; Roundelay (Southwark Playhouse), And Then Come the Nightjars (Bristol Old Vic, Theatre503, Perth Theatre), Shot at Dawn (South West Tour), Nutshell Nutcracker (Tropicana), Disco Pigs (National Tour), Edmund the Learned Pig (National Tour), Animals (Theatre503), Walking The Chains (The Passenger Shed, Bristol), Stardust (South West Tour).



Victoria Jukes Stage Manager

Vicky has had a varied theatre career since training at Guildford School of Acting, from director to choreographer, actress to stage manager. She is currently resident DSM for Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and PPA Drama School in Guildford and for the last three years has been CSM for Story Pocket Theatre Company. Aside from a Stage Management career she also teaches and choreographs for The Oxford Academy of Dance and First Dance Studios. Recent touring has included ‘The Man Who Would Be King’ for Dawn State. Child of the Divide is her debut production with Bhuchar Boulevard.



Annie James Wardrobe Supervisor

 Annie James is wardrobe supervisor at Polka Theatre, London.