Founded by British actor, David Payne, Bird and Baby Productions (a division of Rising Image LLC) is a theatrical company based in the USA and UK. Originally founded to present inspiring stage productions based on the life of C.S. Lewis, over the last 22 years multiple productions written by Payne have been produced and performed across the world including Weep for Joy, St. Jack and the Dragon, Target Practice, Relative Surprise, Prisoner of Passion and the most recent addition to the roster – Lewis & Tolkien, Of Wardrobes & Rings, the touching story of the last meeting of C.S. Lewis and his close friend J.R.R. Tolkien.
The name Bird and Baby Productions is inspired by the nick-name that Lewis and Tolkien gave to the Eagle and Child pub in Oxford pub where they and other members of the celebrated literary club (Inklings) regularly met.
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 800 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 his performances.Read more