The name Bird and Baby Productions is inspired by the name of the pub where Lewis, Tolkien and other members of the Inklings regularly met – the Eagle and Child in Oxford.
Over the last 22 years multiple productions written by David Payne have been produced and performed across the world including Relative Surprise, Prisoner of Passion, Weep for Joy, St. Jack and the Dragon, Target Practice, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and The Magician’s Nephew. The most recent addition to this roster of productions is Lewis & Tolkien, Of Wardrobes & Rings, the touching story of the last meeting of C.S. Lewis and his close friend J.R.R. Tolkien.
Although all of these productions are well loved, Payne’s one-man show – An Evening with C.S. Lewis – remains the company’s flagship production with over 700 performances.
“Auditions for Shadowlands, British accents a help!”
It was those seven words that launched a 55 year old David Payne on the most unexpected journey of his life. Intrigued, he attended the audition at Nashville’s prestigious Tennessee Performing Arts Center in the hopes of landing a small part in this play about C.S. Lewis and his American wife. It was no surprise he nailed the British accent because, duh, he’s British! What was a surprise is that he landed the lead role and a stage career had been begun!
Since those early performances in 1996, Payne who, on stage, uncannily looks like Lewis, has since played the famous author in a number of Shadowland productions. Yet it is his portrayal of Lewis in An Evening with C.S. Lewis that has won him many accolades and thrilled the many, many thousands that have attended over 700 performances.Read more