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Birdsong – Birmingham REP Theatre

Writer: Sebastian Faulks Adaptor: Rachel Wagstaff Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Jennie Philpot ‘Birdsong’ is one of those novels one feels they should read as a rite of passage, a story of love, war and the turmoil of both. With such a mighty book to adapt to stage the task was always going to be a daunting one but Rachel Wagstaff ...

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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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The Private Ear/The Public Eye – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: Sir Peter Shaffer Director : Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Maggie Constable [rating:3.5] First major revival in half a century they say! The Private Ear The Public Eye, by reputed British playwright Sir Peter Shaffer, has arrived at Milton Keynes. The double-billing of two ‘intime’ one-act plays was first performed in the West End of London in the early 60s and ...

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Birdsong- Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: Rachel Wagstaff, form the book by Sebastian Faulks Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Nathanael Kent [rating:3]   The novel Birdsong spans three generations and over seventy years. This is all very well in that medium, but on stage significant changes in location and age can often feel dramatically awkward. It is no wonder that Sebastian Faulks compared the adaptation process ...

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Birdsong – Ipswich, New Wolsey Theatre

Book by: Sebastian Faulks Adapted by: Rachel Wagstaff Director: Alastair Whatley Music: Tim van Eyken Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:4.5] Sebastian Faulks' classic novel, with its psychological insights and its graphic descriptions of trench and tunnel, was never going to be easy to adapt. Perhaps that's why this first ever touring production is Rachel Wagstaffe's second attempt; she's abandoned the time ...

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Birdsong – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Author: Sebastian Faulks Adapter: Rachel Wagstaff Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Bill Avenell [rating:5]   The horror and futility of the 1st WW is a harrowing subject of course, so this is not a production for the faint hearted because it does succeed in portraying that horror and futility through its story of a young army officer battling his way through ...

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Birdsong – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Sebastian Faulks (adapted by Rachel Wagstaff) Director: Alastair Whatley Designer: Victoria Spearing Reviewer: Barbara Michaels [Rating:3] Sebastian Faulks’ epic tale of courage, sacrifice and love, set amid the carnage of battle and the horror of the trenches of World War I, is given a brand-new adaptation by Rachel Wagstaff in this first-ever touring production of Birdsong. The plot-line follows ...

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Birdsong – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Rachel Wagstaff, from the book by Sebastian Faulks Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:3] The Western Front. 1916. Two men come together. One, the deeply religious sapper, Jack Firebrace, has just completed a 15 hour shift digging tunnels towards the enemy for mines to be laid in. On sentry duty, he receives a letter from home telling him ...

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