Presented by Next Stage Theatre Company
27th June-1st July 7.30pm plus 2.00pm Matinee on Saturday 1st
Birdsong is a powerful dramatisation of Sebastian Faulks’s profoundly moving novel.
The play charts the tempestuous affair between a British Officer, Stephen Wraysford, and a French woman, Isabelle Azaire. Meeting in 1910, the young Stephen falls hopelessly in love with Rene Azaire’s wife whilst staying at their home in Amiens, Northern France. Fleeing Azaire’s wrath, the lovers run away together, but in personal turmoil and with the looming threat of war enveloping Europe, Stephen and Isabelle’s fledgling love founders, but neither forgets the other.
Six years after their meeting, Stephen is back in the same region of France, this time as a young, English Lieutenant, leading his men at the Battle of the Somme in July 1916.
Playwright Rachel Wagstaff uses flash-backs in her haunting adaptation of Birdsong to juxtapose the beauty and passion of Stephen’s pre-war experiences with the horrors of war-torn battlegrounds.
Showcasing a large cast of talented actors drawn from Next Stage’s adult and youth companies, Birdsong opens at The Mission Theatre, Bath before a tour to the Minack Theatre, Cornwall in July.
Crafted from the ruins of war and the indestructibility of love, Birdsong is a play that speaks to all.