Written by Barry Hines
Adapted by Lawrence Till
Directed by Tina Shuker-Abell
Fifteen-year-old Billy Casper doesn’t have much going for him, he is trapped in a mundane life with an equally mundane future to look forward to. Perpetually ignored and berated by his mother and brother, school offers him little respite and so his soul is in trouble.
That is until the day he finds himself at a local farm, peering into a nest, he discovers ‘Kes’ and a talent and purpose he never knew he had. He nurtures and rears the bird with a care and attention he has never known, before long, boy and bird are ready to soar above their hometown. But Billy makes a decision with devasting consequences.
This adaptation of Barry Hines’ much loved novel, speaks to generation after generation who know what it is like to seek that something special that lifts them out of their ordinary existence.
In On The Act, Theatre Royal Wakefield’s young company for aspiring theatre-makers once again bring to the stage their talent for ensemble and physical storytelling for this timeless classic.
Recommended age 14+
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books
(contains occasional swearing and challenging a subject matter)