Mesmerising tale of love and courage

George Banks as Stephen, Carolin Stoltz as Isabelle in Birdsong which returns to The Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne in July. Picture by Jack Ladenburg SUS-141106-084650001

George Banks as Stephen, Carolin Stoltz as Isabelle in Birdsong which returns to The Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne in July. Picture by Jack Ladenburg SUS-141106-084650001

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Ending its successful 2014 tour where it began, Sebastian Faulks’ Birdsong returns to the Devonshire Park Theatre from July 7-12 July, following its virtual-sell out run at the beginning of the year.

In the year marking 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War the story of Birdsong is a poignant reminder of what it would have been like to have lived in and fought from the tunnels underneath no mans land, the lesser reported aspect of the war.

By focusing on a personal story rather than the mathematical figures of war that so easily become just numbers, the play perfectly captures the visceral, earthy, dirty, horrible, bloody, sexual feeling and atmosphere of the war that Sebastian’s original novel depicts, to transport you back their personally.

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.

Adapted for the stage by Rachel Wagstaff, Birdsong has become a classic of modern English literature and is taught on both the English and History syllabuses at schools and universities.

Regularly voted as one of the nation’s all-time favourite books, it has sold more than two million copies in the UK and more than three million worldwide.

This is a mesmerising tale of love and courage - don’t miss your second chance to experience this stunning piece of theatre live on stage.