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.
This adaptation of Barry Hines’ much loved 1960s classic tells the story with a cast of two and gives it a fresh, theatrical spin.
1st-16th February 2019
For ages 11+
This production was remounted by Associate Director Martin Leonard and performed by Jack Lord and Lucas Button.
This production was first created in Spring 2016 at Leeds Playhouse performed by Jack Lord and Dan Parr. It was followed by a tour of community venues across Leeds.
"Featuring just a pair of characters, the teenage and adult Billy, this is one of the most modest – but best – stagings of the novel."
Written by Barry Hines
Adapted by Robert Alan Evans
Directed by Amy Leach
Designed by Max Johns
Music & Sound by Tom Mills
Movement by Lucy Cullingford
Lighting Design by Chloe Kenward
Assistant Director Martin Leonard
Photography by Ant Robling
For the 2019 production, the play was remounted by Associate Director Martin Leonard with music & sound remounted by John Biddle