birdsong01A national tour in the centenary year of the outbreak of the first world war. Birdsong, adapted by Rachel Wagstaff from the Sebastian Faulks novel.

In 2014, the year that will mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, Rachel Wagstaff’s stage adaptation of BIRDSONG, from the novel by Sebastian Faulks, will tour the UK.

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.

birdsong02Birdsong 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.

The 2013 tour received 4- and 5-star reviews and audiences called the show ‘simply stunning’. Sebastian Faulks is thrilled the show is re-mounting for 2014 stating: “Both Rachel and I want this to be the definitive version of Birdsong on stage. The audience watch it and think, thank God I have never undergone all of this. These experiences are far outside the lives of most people but there is something about the way the production works which makes people identify and think, it could be me…” Sebastian joined the 2013 company on stage in a cameo role during its 200th Performance in Brighton.

birdsong03Rachel Wagstaff previously adapted Sebastian Faulks’s The Girl at the Lion d’Or for BBC Radio 4 and she and Faulks are currently writing two screenplays together. She is a participant of Old Vic New Voices and her work has been performed at the annual 24 HourPlays. She said, “When I first approached Sebastian, there were only five British veterans from the First World War still alive. With the death of Harry Patch in 2009, we were left without a single living connection to those who fought, for us. It seems more important than ever that we continue to tell the stories of those who gave their lives. Birdsong, while first and foremost a simply brilliant work of fiction, gives extraordinary insight into what it must have been like to witness such suffering on an unprecedented scale. I’m delighted that in the year which marks one hundred years since war was declared, The Original Theatre Company and Birdsong Productions are launching a second regional tour of their beautiful and powerful production.”

The tour of BIRDSONG will continue to support Help for Heroes, after raising over £50,000 through collections and events on the 2013 tour.

BIRDSONG

Mon 24 Feb – Sat 1 Mar (no show on Thu)
birdsong04Evenings 7.30pm, Wed & Sat matinees 2.30pm
Opening night: £18
Wed 2.30pm, £18, schools £10
Tue & Wed 7.30pm & Sat 2.30pm: £26.50, £23.50
Fri & Sat 7.30pm:  £28.50, £25.50
Plus a £1.25 per ticket booking fee
Concs £2 off, Groups 10+ £3 off.

www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

Box office 01892 530613

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.