Thursday, 18 October 2018

Wartime tale of love, courage and survival

SEBASTIAN Faulk’s Birdsong will be one of the highlights of the new season at the Hexagon in Reading.

SEBASTIAN Faulk’s Birdsong will be one of the highlights of the new season at the Hexagon in Reading.

Adapted for the stage by Rachel Wagstaff, the production’s national tour is planned to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the First World War. Previous tours, in 2013 and 2014, were critically acclaimed.

Birdsong is a tale of love and courage, before and during the Great War.

It follows the fortunes of young Englishman Stephen Wraysford who embarks upon a passionate affair with Isabelle Azaire, in pre-war France.

As war breaks out Stephen finds himself at the Battle of the Somme where he must lead his men to safety through the dangerous, sprawling tunnels.



His memories of Isabelle and his idyllic pre-war life sustain him as the horrors of war explode all about him.

Full casting details for the play have yet to be announced but the tour begins in February and runs until June.

It will play at the Hexagon from March 3 to 7.

Box office 0118 960 6060 or online at www.reading arts.com, where there are details of the complete programme for the spring 2015 season.

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