Birdsong is adapted by Rachel Wagstaff from a novel by Sebastian Faulks. It opened at the Fairfield Hall Croydon on 4 February and now is on a nationwide tour.
BIRDSONG tells a mesmerising story of love and courage, before and during the war. In pre-war France, a young Englishman, Stephen Wraysford, embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire that turns their worlds upside down. As the war breaks out, Stephen must lead his men through the carnage of the Battle of the Somme and through the sprawling tunnels that lie deep underground. Faced with the unprecedented horror of the war, Stephen clings to the memory of Isabelle and the idyll of his former life as his world explodes around him.
Peter Duncan (The Card and TV’s Blue Peter & Tumble) returns to BIRDSONG as Jack Firebrace, having played the role in the 2014 tour. He is joined by Edmund Wiseman, (Richard II, The Duchess of Malfi), and Emily Bowker, (A Bunch of Amateurs, What the Women Did) who play the romantic leads of Stephen Wraysford and Isabelle Azaire.
The 2013 and 2014 tours were hugely successful and critically acclaimed, seen by over 130,000 people and receiving 4- and 5-star reviews, with audiences calling the show ‘simply stunning’.
“Both Rachel and I want this to be the definitive version of Birdsong on stage. The audience watch it and think, thank God I have never undergone all of this. These experiences are far outside the lives of most people but there is something about the way the production works which makes people identify and think, it could be me…” Sebastian Faulks
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Production Shots from Birdsong
Jack Firebrace – Peter Duncan.
Stephen Wraysford – Edmund Wiseman.
Isabelle Azaire – Emily Bowker.
Tipper – Max Bowen (interview here)
Emily Altneu, Selma Brook, James Findlay, Roger Martin, Liam McCormick, James Staddon, Cloudia Swann and Alastair Whatley.
adapted by Rachel Wagstaff.
novel by Sebastian Faulks.
directed by Alastair Whatley.
set design by Victoria Spearing.
lighting by Alex Wardle for Charcoalblue.
sound by Dom Bilkey.
BIRDSONG is produced on tour by Alastair Whatley for The Original Theatre Company and Anne-Marie Woodley and Jon Woodley for Birdsong Productions Ltd.
Booking Information – Birdsong
Birdsong is suitable for ages 12+.
2015 TOUR SCHEDULE
|4 – 7 February||CROYDON Fairfield Halls||020 8688 9291|
|10 – 14 February||ABERDEEN His Majesty’s Theatre||01224 641122|
|17 – 21 February||BUXTON Opera House||0845 127 2190|
|23 – 28 February||NEWCASTLE Northern Stage||0191 230 5151|
|3 – 7 March||READING The Hexagon||0118 960 6060|
|10 – 14 March||DARLINGTON Civic Theatre||01325 486555|
|16 – 21 March||GUILDFORD Yvonne Arnaud||01483 440000|
|24 – 28 March||POOLE The Lighthouse||0844 4068666|
|13 – 18 April||LIVERPOOL The Playhouse||0151 709 4776|
|21 – 25 April||EDINBURGH King’s Theatre||0131 529 6000|
|27 April – 9 May||BRISTOL Old Vic||0117 987 7877|
|12 – 23 May||LEEDS West Yorkshire Playhouse||0113 213 7700|
|1 – 5 June||PORTSMOUTH Kings Theatre||023 9282 8282|
|8 – 13 June||HEREFORD Courtyard Theatre||01432 340555|
|16 – 20 June||CREWE Lyceum||01270 368 242|
|22 – 27 June||SHREWSBURY Theatre Severn||01743 281281|
|29 June – 4 July||RICHMOND Richmond Theatre||0844 871 7651|