Stage Show of Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong Visits Bury St Edmunds!...
Marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, Birdsong, the hit, critically acclaimed, stage show based on the world famous novel by Sebastian Faulks, visits Bury St Edmunds 22-26 April.
Whepstead-based, The Original Theatre Company, will be bringing this beautiful adaptation of Sebastian Faulkes’ world-famous novel to the Theatre Royal’s stage in April, as part of an incredibly successful nationwide tour. This is the second time that they have toured the piece, having performed it around the country in 2013 to high critical acclaim.
In pre-war France a young Englishman, Stephen Wraysford, embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire that turns their worlds upside down. As the war breaks out Stephen must lead his men through the carnage of the Battle of the Somme and through the sprawling tunnels that lie deep underground. Faced with the unprecedented horror of the war, Stephen clings to the memory of Isabelle and the idyll of his former life as his world explodes around him.
Birdsong has become a classic of modern English literature and is taught on both the English and History syllabuses at schools and universities. Regularly voted as one of the nation’s all-time favourite books, it has sold more than two million copies in the United Kingdom and more than three million worldwide.
Adapted in association with the author, Sebastian Faulks, this production is heart-stopping in its beauty and poignancy and will leave audiences moved to silence. A mesmerising story of love and courage, the depiction of Stephen Wraysford’s emotional and physical journeys in France, is simply stunning.
Director of the piece, and founder of The Original Theatre Company, Alastair Whatley, was born and brought up in neighbouring Whepstead and Alastair is thrilled to be bringing this production to his local theatre. Having performed on the stage as a child, and seen his first pantomimes here, he is returning to the roots of his love of theatre at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds.
For tickets and further details please call the Box Office on 01284 769505 or visit www.theatreroyal.org.