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Birdsong – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Book: Sebastian Faulks Stage adaptation: Rachel Wagstaff Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Ann Bawtree Rachel Wagstaff’s timely stage adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’ novelBirdsong must,as a reflection of events during World War I,rank with such memorable productions as Journey’s Endand Oh, What a Lovely Waras we rightly remember the horrors of 1914 -1918. The action is based on the experiences of the ...

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Birdsong – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer: Rachel Wagstaff Novel: Sebastian Faulks. Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Rachel Wagstaff has undertaken the monumental task of adapting Sebastian Faulks’ classic Birdsong. Faulks himself says that the book was “written with no thought for dramatic or cinematic adaptations.” It is a hefty volume, covering many years and three generations. As one of the best loved books written ...

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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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Birdsong – Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Writer: Sebastian Faulks Adaptor: Rachel Wagstaff Director: Alistair Whatley Reviewer: Luke Walker [rating: 4] With the centenary of the outbreak of the ‘Great War’ approaching, Sebastian Faulks’s highly acclaimed 1993 novel, Birdsong, about the horrors of trench warfare may well have resurgence in the bookshops throughout the country. It is at least a decade since I read and it remains ...

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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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