The classic coming-of-age story “Kes” opens on Monday 25th February for a one-week run.

Based on the Barry Hines book, made famous as a film by Ken Loach, the production stars newcomer Lewis Wren as Billy Casper, a failing schoolboy who develops a new passion for life when he starts training a young kestrel.

Set in Yorkshire in 1968 the play charts Billy’s struggles with those around him, especially his family and teachers, as he looks for a way out of his working-class hardship.

Featuring funny moments and heartfelt drama, the story has been an enduring favourite for over forty years.

The large cast also features Joanne Cunliffe as Billy’s single-parent mum, with the Headmaster and the PE teacher being played by real-life teachers John Griffin and Andrew Kidd.

Director Danny Price previously directed the award-winning “Of Mice And Men” for CADOS in 2008 and as a teacher himself hopes audiences of all ages will identify with the events of the play.

Danny says “Although not a direct copy of the film it will pay homage, but we’re putting our own distinctive style on the story by using a shifting multi-purpose set and making it a very physical presentation.

“All of the cast will be performing in Yorkshire accents and will be kept busy recreating the hustle and bustle of a typical Northern neighbourhood.”

The play runs from Monday 25th February until Saturday 2nd March at 7.30pm every night at Chorley Little Theatre.

Tickets are £6 Monday-Wednesday and £8 Thursday-Saturday from Malcolm’s Musicland 01257 264362 or follow the links from here to book online.


The Friday performance is almost sold-out but there are still plenty of tickets on other nights - but be quick as tickets are flying out!