Birdsong

By by Sebastian Faulks, adapted by Rachel Wagstaff

Synopsis:

Birdsong is a powerful dramatisation of Sebastian Faulks’s profoundly moving novel.

The play charts the tempestuous affair between a British Officer, Stephen Wraysford, and a French woman, Isabelle Azaire. Meeting in 1910, the young Stephen falls hopelessly in love with Rene Azaire’s wife whilst staying at their home in Amiens, Northern France. Fleeing Azaire’s wrath, the lovers run away together, but in personal turmoil and with the looming threat of war enveloping Europe, Stephen and Isabelle’s fledgling love founders, but neither forgets the other.

Six years after their meeting, Stephen is back in the same region of France, this time as a young, English Lieutenant, leading his men at the Battle of the Somme in July 1916. The bravery and camaraderie of life in the trenches is epitomised by Jack Firebrace and his fellow soldiers whose traumatic experiences capture the pointless sacrifice made by so many brave young men during World War One.

Playwright Rachel Wagstaff uses flash-backs in her haunting adaptation of Birdsong to juxtapose the beauty and passion of Stephen’s pre-war experiences with the horrors of war-torn battlegrounds. As Armistice Day 1918 approaches, the threads of the lovers’ lives have once more intertwined in a heart-rending finale.

Showcasing a large cast of talented actors drawn from Next Stage’s adult and Youth Companies, a simple but evocative set and authentic costumes, Birdsong is opening at The Mission Theatre before it tours to the Minack Theatre on the cliffs at Porthcurno in July.

Performed a hundred years on from one of the world’s bloodiest conflicts, this production will stay in audiences’ minds for a long time. Crafted from the ruins of war and the indestructibility of love, Birdsong is a play that speaks to all.


Birdsong
Dates: Monday 17th - Friday 21st July 2017 8pm. Matinee Tuesday 18th & Thursday 20th 2pm
Location: The Minack Theatre, Cornwall
Tickets: £9-11.50 (£5-6 Concessions)
Box Office: http://www.minack.com or 01736 810181

Director/s | Cast:

Ann Ellison

Ann Ellison

Director

Ben Armstrong

Ben Armstrong

Private Arthur Shaw/Lieutenant Levi

Stephanie Barton

Stephanie Barton

Nurse Mary

Lydia Cook

Lydia Cook

Jeanne Fourmentier/Bar maid

Bob Constantine

Bob Constantine

Rene Azaire/Colonel Barclay

Chris Constantine

Chris Constantine

Lieutenant Stephen Wraysford

Brian Hudd - Captain Gray

Hayley Fitton-Cook

Hayley Fitton-Cook

Isabelle Azaire

Lydia Gibbons

Lydia Gibbons

Lisette Azaire

Liza Greenhalgh

Liza Greenhalgh

Marguerite/Prostitute/Nurse

Will Greensides

Will Greensides

Private Tipper

James Head

James Head

Private Turner/Orderly

Private Evans

Ren Leming

Ren Leming

Berard/Chaplain/Barman

Ella Macgregor

Ella Macgregor

Barmaid/Nurse

Richard Matthews

Richard Matthews

Jack Firebrace