The stage adaptation of the gritty northern drama “Kes” is tackled at Doncaster Little Theatre on Monday February 27 at 7.30pm.
Barry Hines novel Kes has become ingrained in the South Yorkshire psyche, particularly following Ken Loach’s famous portrayal of the life of young urchin and his life-affirming relationship with the kestrel he reared from a chick.
Based on the novel, “A Kestrel for a Knave” by Barry Hines, and adapted for the stage by Lawrence Till, “Kes” is set in the working class mining communities of late 1960s Barnsley.
It tells the story of mischievous 15 year old daydreamer, Billy Casper.
Billy is the target for physical and verbal bullying both at school and in his unsettled home life.
Bullied by his older step-brother and stymied by the education system, he has no escape or interest in life until his troublesome ways lead him to a new friend, a kestrel.
Through spending his time caring for and training “Kes” Billy finds an escape route and a glimmer of hope for the future.
This bittersweet play tackles issues surrounding ‘fitting into society’. It demonstrates how individuality can be by channelled into something positive.
Presented by kind permission of Nick Hern the production is directed by Janet Rimmer. Janet said she was once again thrilled to be directing the Little Theatre’s touring production.
She said: “This is a much-loved Yorkshire favourite, and follows on from the successful tours of “Blood Brothers”, “Brassed Off”, and “Abigail’s Party” over recent years.
“Our annual tour is great experience for the cast and crew, in performing in a variety of venues, and enables people who don’t normally get into the theatre in Doncaster to see our fantastic productions”.
Tickets are £10 and £7, in the theatre, and £5. They can be booked online or through the box office for the theatre, (01302 340422 open 4pm-8pm Mon – Sat).