Octagon Theatre and Theatre by the Lake
By Barry Hines
Adapted for the stage by Robert Alan Evans
Directed by Atri Banerjee

A bold retelling of a modern classic.

Bullied at school and neglected at home, life isn’t easy for troubled teenager Billy Casper, growing up in 1960s Yorkshire. But then ‘our Billy’ finds Kes…a Kestrel hawk that he cares for and trains. The bird’s silent strength and grace inspires a passion and freedom that has been missing throughout Billy’s life.

This moving and powerful coming of age story, based on the much loved book and film, will be brought intimately to life on the Octagon stage with live music. In this bold acclaimed theatrical adaptation by Robert Alan Evans, the nature of true friendship is explored in this story about survival in a tough world.

Listen to Kes's Theme - one of the beautiful, original songs in the show:

Additional information


From £15

Age Guide


Please note:

Use of strobing/flashing light during this performance.

Running time

Approximately 60 minutes with no interval

"moving, compelling, at times heart-breaking production"

Bolton News


Jake Dunn

Jake Dunn

Billy Casper
Harry Egan

Harry Egan

The Man
Nishla Smith

Nishla Smith

The Singer


Atri Banerjee


Anisha Fields

Set & Costume Designer

Jamie Platt

Lighting Designer

Alexandra Faye Braithwaite

Sound Designer & Composer

Jennifer Jackson

Movement Director

Natalie Grady

Dialect Coach

Eilidh Gibson

Assistant Director


The Guardian

"Visually arresting"

The Stage

“a powerful night of theatre”

Manchester Evening News

“a bold reimagining of a modern classic”

North West End

Tickets from £15

Show accessible performances only