The first touring production of the acclaimed World War I drama, Birdsong, comes to Milton Keynes Theatre from Monday.
Sebastian Faulk’s wartime epic is an intimate story of love and sacrifice, a critically acclaimed story delivered with a taut cast that will entrance from start to finish.
‘In pre-war France, young Englishman Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with his host’s wife, Isabelle Azaire.
As civil unrest mounts and war breaks in on the idyll of his former life, Stephen finds he must now lead his men through the carnage of the Battle of the Somme and the sprawling tunnels that lie deep underground.
Faced with unprecedented horror, the war-hardened Stephen clings to the shrinking memory of Isabelle as his world explodes around him.’
Rachel Wagstaff has adapted the work for the tour.
“Birdsong is an incredibly powerful novel, and through the story of Faulk’s fictional characters, we can understand what it might have been like for individuals caught up in this most extraordinary period of world history,” she said. “Given the approaching centenery and the passing away of Harry Patch, the last surviving British Army Veteran to have fought in the Great War, it seems more important than ever that the courage and sacrifices of those who fought and fell for future generations are not only remembered, but understood.
“Lest we forget; lest we let suffering on such a scale ever happen again.
And so to the aforementioned onstage team, and it is a cast of 12 who will keep your eyes stage bound.
Sarah Jayne Dunn, formerly of Hollyoaks, Allo Allo policeman (‘Good Moaning’!) Arthur Bostrum and Charlie G Hawkins, who will be familiar to Eastenders fans, as Darren Miller, all star.
Tickets start at £10 rising to a top price of £25.
We should also mention that the tour is proud to support the Help for Heroes charity.
Call the box office on 0844 871 7652.