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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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The Girl on the Train – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Director: Joe Murphy Based on the novel by: Paula Hawkins Adapted by: Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Have you ever looked out of the train window on your way to work, and made up stories about the homes you see, and the people inside them? Given them names, characters and stories? Have you tried to work out ...

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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- 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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Flowers for Mrs Harris – The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Book: Rachel Wagstaff based on the original by Paul Gallico Music and Lyrics: Richard Taylor Director: Daniel Evans Designer: Lez Brotherston Musical Director: Tom Brady Reviewer: Fiona Hannon This new musical adaptation of Paul Gallico’s original book is the final production for Sheffield Theatres Artistic Director, Daniel Evans before he moves on to take charge of Chichester Festival Theatre. During ...

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