June 26th - June 30th
By Sebastian Faulks
Presented by Birdsong Productions in association with Original Theatre Company
Marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, Birdsong is the hit, critically acclaimed stage show based on the world famous novel by Sebastian Faulks.
In pre-war France a young Englishman, Stephen Wraysford, embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire that turns their world upside down.
As the war breaks out over the idyll of his former life, 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 as his world explodes around him.
A mesmerising story of love and courage. Set both before and during the Great War.
The cast will be headed by Tom Kay and Madeleine Knight as Stephen Wraysford and Isabelle Azaire. Tom Kay, appeared to great acclaim in a recent production of Journey’s End, performed on a First World War battlefield at Ypres. Madeleine Knight’s television and film credits include Poldark and Florence Foster Jenkins. Also in the cast are Tim Treloar, Olivia Bernstone, Alice Brittain, Alfie Browne-Sykes (recently seen as Jason Roscoe in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks), Martin Carroll, Riley Carter-Millington (Kyle Slater in EastEnders) James Findlay (winner of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2010), Liz Garland, Jeffrey Harmer and Simon Lloyd.
Ticket price includes a £1 contribution to our heritage fund.
“Faulks’s First World War tale gets the staging it deserves… enough to make me weep.” The Times
“Heartbreakingly beautiful, powerful and poignant. Go see it; it may well be one of the most memorable pieces of theatre you are ever likely to witness.” British Theatre Guide
“A beautiful, yet heart-rending tribute to the millions who have lost their lives to war.” Sunderland Echo
“The performances were near faultless… Birdsong is not an easy story, but it helps us to understand. No play can hope to achieve more than that.” Stagetalk Magazine
“Birdsong is a masterpiece in every respect. Outstanding. Stunning. Superb.” East Anglian Daily Times
Production Photos by Jack Ladenburgh