The critically acclaimed stage version of Sebastian Faulks’ novel ‘Birdsong’ will be at Dundee Rep Theatre from Monday, June 9 until Saturday, June 14 as part of a national tour in the centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War.
This enthralling version of one of the nation’s most loved novels has been adapted by Rachel Wagstaff and brought to life by the award-winning Original Theatre Company.
The creative team from last year’s triumphant tour reunites with a brand new cast to bring us this epic story of love and courage set during the Great War.
Faulks’ literary retelling of the events and attitudes towards the Battle of the Somme and life in the trenches was adapted in 2012 into a two part television drama.
In pre-war France, a young Englishman Stephan Wraysford embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azire that turns their world 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 war, Stephen clings to the memory of Isabelle and the idyll of his former life as his world explodes around him.
‘Birdsong’ is part of a trilogy of novels, together with ‘The Girl at the Lion d’Or’ and ‘Charlotte Gray’ they are linked through location, history and several characters. Regularly voted as one of the nation’s all-time favourite books, ‘Birdsong’ has sold more than two million copies in the UK and more than three million worldwide. The tour will support Help for Heroes after raising over £50,000 on the 2013 tour. Tickets details from Dundee Rep box office 01382 223530.