- Venue: Pop-Up theatre
- Duration: 1 hour and 10 minutes (no interval)
- Age Guidance: 11+
More Information on Kes
BILLY CASPER IS JUST ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE KIDS OFF THE ESTATE; LIVING WITH HIS MOTHER AND BULLY OF A BROTHER, JUD. HE’S ALL ALONE, THEN HE FINDS ‘KES’. STICK LEGS. BIG HEAD. PILE OF SCRUFF.
Kestrels are the hardest birds to train, but not for Billy. He feeds her, cares for her and trains her. Together they are ready to fly. And everything goes quiet, as all his troubles and worries fade into the horizon. Billy has all he needs and all he wants, until he makes a fatal decision that changes the course of things forever. Following a sell-out 2016 run, this adaptation of Barry Hines’ much loved 1960s story explores the never-changing, true nature of friendship.
Remounted by Associate Director Martin Leonard.
A Leeds Playhouse production.
Cast & Credits
By Barry Hines / Adapted for the stage by Robert Alan Evans / Director Amy Leach / Remounted by Associate Director Martin Leonard / Set and Costume Designer Max Johns / Lighting Designer Chloe Kenward / Associate Sound Designer & Composer John Biddle / Casting Director Kay Magson CDG / Movement Director/Choreographer Lucy Cullingford / Rehearsal and Production photography Anthony Robling /
- Lucas Button
as Billy Casper
- Jack Lord
“ a terrific piece of theatre”
“ pure imagination”
“ Beautifully fresh”
“ a fine stage adaptation”
“ seminal Yorkshire story soars”
“ packed with content and emotions ”
“ energetic Lucas Button offers a tender turn bringing a quiet dignity to a young man”
“ Button’s take on Billy is wonderful. ”
“ Jack Lord’s performance is awe-inspiring”
“ Lucas Button is outstanding”
A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.Audio Described
Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.Relaxed Performance
A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.Dementia-Friendly Performance
A relaxed performance with adaptations to technical aspects of the show, flexible seating options and a relaxed attitude to audience responses and movement in the auditorium. In our front of house space we will have a quiet room, clearer visual markers and signage, and additional staff and volunteers trained to sensitively and respectfully welcome people living with dementia and their supporters to this show.Sing Along
Sing along with the cast in this exclusive performance. Lyrics will be on screen, so you can join in as loud as you like. Open to all, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.Post Show Discussion
Parent & Baby Performance
A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.
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- - Captioned
- - Signed
- - Audio Description
- - Relaxed Performance
- - Dementia Friendly Performance
- - Post Show Discussion
- - Sing Along
- - Parent & Baby Performance