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End stage production of Sebastian Faulks' much-loved First World
War novel BIRDSONG will be donating £2 per ticket to The Royal
British Legion's Poppy Appeal for each ticket sold for performances
in the first two weeks of November.
The contribution will assist the invaluable work of The Royal
British Legion, not just in keeping alive the memory of those who
fought in the First World War, but in all the work they do today to
provide help and welfare to the serving and ex-Service community
and their families.
Ben Barnes, who plays lead character Stephen Wraysford, will
also be reading two poems as part of The Royal British Legion's
official Silence in the Square event in Trafalgar Square on 11
The cast and company of BIRDSONG will also be supporting The
Royal British Legion's campaign to get their specially released
single "Two Minute Silence" to Number One for Remembrance Sunday,
by downloading the single from www.silentsingle.com.
The Royal British Legion was founded to support the Service men
returning from WWI. Its work is as vital today in providing care
and campaigning to support serving men and women and their
families, as well as veterans of all conflicts. The Legion's
2010 Poppy Appeal is highlighting its support for the injured,
wounded and bereaved of the British Armed Forces serving in
Sebastian Faulks' 1993 novel Birdsong is one of
Britain's most popular books. It has sold more than two million
copies in the United Kingdom and more than three million worldwide
and still regularly appears in the best-seller lists.
The play tells the story of one man's journey through an
all-consuming love affair and into the horror of the First World
While staying as the guest of a
factory owner in pre-First World War France, Stephen Wraysford
embarks on a passionate affair with Isabelle, the wife of his host.
The affair changes them both forever. A few years later Stephen
finds himself back in the same part of France, but this time as a
soldier at the Battle of the Somme, the bloodiest encounter in
British military history. As his men die around him, Stephen turns
to his enduring love for Isabelle for the strength to continue and
to save something for future generations.
For the first time, this beautiful and haunting story about
love, courage and the endurance of the human spirit has been
brought to the stage in a version by Rachel Wagstaff, whose
previous work has included The Soldier and Only The
Brave. Wagstaff is a participant of Old Vic New Voices and her
work has been performed at the annual 24 Hour Plays. She has
previously adapted Faulks' The Girl at Lion d'Or for BBC
Alongside Ben Barnes, who plays Stephen
Wraysford, the cast also includes Nicholas Farrell
(Chariots of Fire, Stuff Happens), Iain Mitchell
(La Cage Aux Folles, Edmond), Genevieve O'Reilly
(Spooks, The Weir), Lee Ross (Eastenders, The
Catherine Tate Show) and Zoe Waites (Mrs Klein,
The Other Boleyn Girl).
For more information visit www.birdsongtheplay.co.uk
and order tickets from Box Office on 0844 871 2118.
BIRDSONG is produced by CMP Ltd (Nick Frankfort and Tobias
Round), Becky Barber and Act Productions.
Ryan Petersen / Stephen Pidcock at The Corner Shop PR
T: 020 7494 3665 E: email@example.com
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