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Birdsong – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Rachel Wagstaff from the book by Sebastian Faulks Directors: Alistair Whatley and Charlotte Peters Reviewer: James Garrington Birdsong as a novel is something of an epic. It stretches to over 500 pages, covering a period of many years and several generations. Compressing all of this into a two-hour stage play would seem to be an enormous challenge, and Rachel Wagstaff has succeeded ...

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Birdsong – Derby Theatre

Writer: Rachel Wagstaff from the book by Sebastian Faulks Directors: Alistair Whatley and Charlotte Peters Reviewer: Dave Smith Sebastian Faulks’ 1993 novel is something of a modern classic and this stage adaptation, originally seen at the Comedy Theatre in 2010, is now being brought to a wider audience via a major national tour timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the ...

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Birdsong – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Sebastian Faulks Adapation: Rachel Wagstaff                       Directors: Alistair Whatley/Charlotte Peters Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Birdsong first opened in London’s West End in 2010 to much acclaim and subsequently, went on a UK tour from 2013-15.  Birdsong is currently embarking on another tour during 2018 and is stopping at many venues including York’s Theatre Royal. Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong (1993) is adapted for ...

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Birdsong – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: Rachel Wagstaff (adapted from the novel by Sebastian Faulks) Directors: Alastair Whatley with Charlotte Peters Designer: Victoria Spearing Lighting: Alex Wardle Sound: Dominic Bilkey Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Rachel Wagstaff has gamely taken on the adaptation of Sebastian Faulks' sprawling, nearly 500 page novel Birdsong, turning it into a two hour 20 minute stage play. First seen in the West ...

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Birdsong – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Sebastian Faulks Adapter: Rachel Wagstaff Director(s): Alistair Whatley & Charlotte Peters Reviewer: Dominic Corr “Never again”; the imperative words uttered regarding the First World War. Yet, in the darkest moments of human history we find an enticing light to the subject. Whether it be through respect, education or simply guilt, the lessons we garner from these times are urgent. ...

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Birdsong – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Rachel Wagstaff (adapted from the novel by Sebastian Faulks) Directors: Alastair Whatley and Charlotte Peters Designer: Victoria Spearing Lighting: Alex Wardle Sound: Dominic Bilkey Reviewer: Janet Jepson Any mention of the First World War, otherwise known as the Great War, evokes in most people a sense of waste. All those young, often underage, innocent lives lost needlessly; swathes of ...

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Shadowlands – Exeter Northcott

Shadowlands cast sat around a table having tea

Writer: William Nicholson Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer:Kelyn Luther Shadowlands, adapted for film in 1993 starring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger, is based on C.S Lewis’ (Stephen Boxer) relationship with Joy Gresham (Amanda Ryan), an intellectual woman 17 years younger. When she becomes terminally ill, Lewis’ firm ideals of the purpose of suffering and the nature of God are challenged. The ...

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Shadowlands – New Theatre, Cardiff

Shadowlands cast sat around a table having tea

Writer: William Nicholson Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Emily Garside Shadowlands is a two-tier play. On one hand, it is a story of love found later in life and the meeting of minds and hearts. On the other, it is a reflection on the nature of God, faith and theology. Both are engaging to watch, and fascinating to think about. However, ...

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