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Birdsong: reviews

‘Peter Duncan is outstanding as the tunnel-digging Cockney sapper Jack Firebrace, barely recognisable with his croaky voice’

Kate Basset, The Times

‘There’s a very fine performance from Peter Duncan as a simple sapper whose fate is horribly pre-ordained’

Alfred Hickling, The Guardian

‘…goes from the light-hearted worker to the deeply troubled soul who is affected by the events around him in a deeply charged and emotional performance’

What’s on Stage

‘…gives a fine, muted but powerful and affecting performance’

Catherine Jones Liverpool Echo

‘…Duncan will especially shred your heart raw’

The Public Reviews West Yorkshire Playhouse

‘The outstanding and most weighty performance came from Peter Duncan as Jack the veteran cheerful cockney chappy’

Micheal Hastead, Stage Talk magazine

‘…gives the performance of his life as the heroic sapper Firebrace’

Virtual Recorder

‘A moving portrayal of Jack Firebrace, the death of whose small son in England heralds his loss of faith – in both God and the future’

Belfast Telegraph

‘Olivier Award-nominated actor Peter Duncan gives a standout performance as Jack Firebrace, delivering some of the most powerful moments of the play’

Loreili Redden Daily Echo Salisbury

‘…becomes steadily more engaging as Jack Firebrace, delivering some of the most powerful and uncomfortable moment’s’

Mary Griffin Birmingham Post

‘This role requires stamina, accuracy, sympathy and above all – skill which are clearly attributes this actor has in buckets loads and it’s on his performance that the success of this play so squareley sits’

Chris High, Purple Revolver

‘…turns in a splendid performance’

Jack Ladenburg Bristol Post

‘Blue Peter legend is convincing and always watchable’

Paul Clarke, Backseat Mafia

‘Jack Firebrace, played to perfection, whose zest for life is slowly chipped away’

Kay Wheeler, Sunderland Echo

‘Jack Firebrace, played magnificently throughout, captures it all in a tour-de-force performance’

Jonathan Wily, Gloucester Echo

‘Peter Duncan’s dutiful, unbending Jack Firebrace buries his way into your questioning conscience’

Charles Hutchinson, York Press

‘There were thousands of self-sacrificing heroes in the Somme, and Duncan’s dignity is a testament to them all. His long, slow death scene, deep underground, is a master class of sustained, confident acting and was heart breaking to watch’

Sam Chipman British Theatre Guide

‘@peterduncans is brilliant in Birdsong’


‘A standout performance’

Yorkshire Post

‘Peter Duncan shining as Jack Firebrace’

Critics Choice, The Times

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