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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 – 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- The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Sebastian Faulks adapted by Rachel Wagstaff Adaptor: Rachel Wagstaff Directors: Alastair Whatley and Charlotte Peters   Reviewer: Dave Cunningham At the conclusion of Rachel Wagstaff’ s adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’s Birdsong a character opines that future generations will be unaware of the horror of the first World War. As the audience entering The Quays Theatre at The Lowry gets ...

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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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Caste – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: TW Robertson Director: Charlotte Peters Reviewer: Stephen Bates In the mid-Victorian era, with the Industrial Revolution in full swing and an unamused Queen on the throne, British theatre audiences still took time to have a good laugh. TW Robertson's Caste is here getting a 150th Anniversary revival and showing every year of its age becomes an integral part of ...

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Be My Strength, The Theatre Room, London

Writer: Laura Stevens Director: Charlotte Peters Reviewer: Deborah Parry Kat is a soldier and has recently been on a tour of duty in Afghanistan, although you'd be forgiven for thinking she'd be more at home on a reality TV show like Geordie Shore or TOWIE. She seems to lack the maturity that most people gain when they return from war; ...

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The Private Ear/The Public Eye – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Peter Shaffer Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:4]   Peter Shaffer's delightful double bill was a huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic back in 1962. We're back in the days of Ascot water heaters and coffee bars, in a theatrical landscape before the National and the kitchen sink, when revue was fashionable, and it was not ...

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