by  Sebastian Faulks (S), Rachel Wagstaff (S)

Full Length Play, Drama  /  11m, 3f

“No child or future generation will ever know what this was like, will ever understand”

Based on Sebastian Faulks’s international bestselling novel, Birdsong tells the story of a soldier haunted by his past.
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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    11m, 3f
  • SubGenre


    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

As a young man, Stephen Wraysford was caught up in an all-consuming love affair in Amiens, France. As the First World War unfolds, Stephen finds himself pulled closer and closer back to Amiens, back to the Valley of the Somme. This is a tale of one man’s quest to understand how far mankind can go and still call itself human.

This powerful and compelling story about courage, love, friendship and loss is brought to the stage for the first time in a version by Rachel Wagstaff.
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"Whilst being totally sympathetic to the mood and spirit of the novel, Wagstaff is ruthless in cutting and creative in finding structural connections for the stage." - WhatsOnStage, Read more

"The drama, emotionally gruelling as it is, makes use of this dark humour, and the earthy comedy of groups of men away from the company of women." - The Stage, Read more





  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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  • Time Period: 1910s / WWI
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


11m, 3f
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)



Sebastian Faulks (S)

Sebastian Faulks (S)

Rachel Wagstaff (S)

Rachel Wagstaff (S)

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