Ex-Pock School pupil Tom stars in Birdsong play

Pocklington School pupil Tom Kay headed the cast of Birdsong at York Theatre Royal.
Pocklington School pupil Tom Kay headed the cast of Birdsong at York Theatre Royal.

Former Pocklington School pupil Tom Kay is currently starring in a play based on Sebastian Faulks’ bestselling novel Birdsong.

Rachel Wagstaff’s highly acclaimed adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’ tome is marking the centenary of the end of World War One and is on its fourth and final tour.

The play’s cast is headed by Tom and Madeleine Knight as Stephen Wraysford and Isabelle Azaire. He recently appeared at York Theatre Royal with the tour continuing until later next month.

Tom said: “It’s a great cast and it’s been great fun. I’m getting to see so much of the country which I wouldn’t have seen otherwise. Then to come home to York and have something to tell my old friends to come and watch. So they know I’m still going.”

“Stephen Wraysford has an very unusual childhood, he’s quite an isolated character. He’s sent as a young man to Amiens in France to work for a man and falls in love with the man’s wife.

“Stephen is trying to understand what has happened in his past and come to terms with it in some way.

“He has been changed by it, and his relationship with his men is influenced hugely by his past experiences and what he experiences on the front line.”

Tom also appeared to great acclaim in a recent production of Journey’s End, performed on the Ypres battlefield.

Following the tour Tom will be revisiting Journey’s End. He is going back to Belgian for a 10-week project from September to November with Mesh Theatre Company.