The eagerly-awaited theatrical version of Kes takes flight at Derby Theatre this week.
The play, based on Barry Hines’s popular book A Kestrel For A Knave and famously filmed by Ken Loach in 1969, can be seen at from September 13 to October 5.
Set against a northern backdrop, Kes is a coming-of-age classic, told with humour and warmth which continues to speak, and be relevant to, audiences of all ages.
It’s 1960s Britain and daring to hope can be a dangerous thing. But ‘our Billy’ is brave enough to break free from the hardship, coal dust and the bullying he endures from his family and teachers.
Adamant on embarking on a journey towards a brighter future, Billy realises his ambition of hope and freedom through his kestrel, Kes.
Billy and Kes, through a shared aspiration to reach new horizons, form a unique bond. But injustice and heartbreak impact on their journeys too, as Billy tragically discovers.
The play will feature a number of youngsters from our area in the roles of Billy’s classmates and some are pictured above.
Meanwhile, the theatre has teamed up with Derby-based arts centre Quad to offer a ‘combi ticket offer’ for theatregoers and film fans alike, with the chance to see the play and the film for only £15 per person.
The film version of Kes will be screened at Quad on September 18 and 19. The play/film combi ticket offer is available on the following dates at Derby Theatre: September 13, 14, 16, 17. Book through Derby Theatre’s website at www.derbytheatre.co.uk/kes-film-derby-quad in one transaction and the offer will automatically apply.
n Among the local youngsters taking part are (pictured) Hope Yeomans from Belper, Emily May Weston from Alfreton, Adele Bond from Ripley, Sophie Bloor from Mapperley Village, Barnaby Johnson from Ilkeston and Lucy Mabbitt from Hazelwood.