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  • Venue: Pop-Up theatre
  • Duration: 1 hour and 10 minutes (no interval)
  • Age Guidance: 11+
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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 /

  • Cast Member Image
    Lucas Button
    as Billy Casper
  • Cast Member Image
    Jack Lord
    as Man

Reviews

“ a terrific piece of theatre”

- British Theatre.com
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“ pure imagination”

- Northern Soul
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“ Beautifully fresh”

- Yorkshire Post
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“ a fine stage adaptation”

- The Daily Mail
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“ seminal Yorkshire story soars”

- The Arts Desk
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“ packed with content and emotions ”

- Fairy Powered Productions
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“ energetic Lucas Button offers a tender turn bringing a quiet dignity to a young man”

- North West End
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“ Button’s take on Billy is wonderful. ”

- Always Time for Theatre
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“ Jack Lord’s performance is awe-inspiring”

- Leeds Living

“ Lucas Button is outstanding”

- South Leeds Life

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Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

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

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, 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 - Captioned
  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Parent & Baby Performance - Parent & Baby Performance
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Arts Council England Leeds City Council The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
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Irwin Mitchell Solicitors