Full casting has been announced for the 2015 national tour of Birdsong by Rachel Wagstaff. Peter Duncan (pictured right), Edmund Wiseman and Emily Bowker will star in the show.
The play is adapted from the novel by Sebastian Faulks. The production opens on 4th February 2015 at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon. The tour has been extended by a week, now playing the Richmond Theatre between 29th June and 4th July.
Peter Duncan returns to Birdsong as Jack Firebrace, having played the role in the 2014 tour. Known for his work on Blue Peter and BBC One’s Tumble, Duncan's theatre credits include: Denry Machin in The Card, Alan Ayckbourn‘s Things We Do For Love and Stan Laurel in Laurel and Hardy.
Edmund Wiseman (Richard II at RSC/Barbican) and Emily Bowker (What the Women Did at Two’s Company/Southwark Playhouse) will play the romantic leads of Stephen Wraysford and Isabelle Azaire.
The cast is completed by: Emily Altneu, Max Bowden (currently Justin Fitzgerald in BBC One’s Waterloo Road), Selma Brook, James Findlay (winner of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2010), Roger Martin, Liam McCormick, James Staddon, Cloudia Swann and Alastair Whatley.
Touring during the 100th anniversary of the First World War, Birdsong tells a mesmerising story of love and courage, before and during the war. 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.
Birdsong is again directed by Alastair Whatley, with set design by Victoria Spearing, lighting by Alex Wardle for Charcoalblue and sound by Dom Bilkey.