Kes reimagined is a new film by award-winning choreographer Jonathan Watkins and International Emmy award-winning director Ross MacGibbon; based on the novel A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry
Hines Jonathan Watkins’s acclaimed production was conceived and created for Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre in 2014.
Set in a Yorkshire mining community, this reimagining of Hines’s tale told through dance and puppetry, takes us on a journey with the young working-class boy, Billy Casper. Billy is troubled at home and at school but his outlook on life is transformed when he finds and trains a kestrel. As the beloved Kes swoops and spins in the expansive freedom of the Yorkshire countryside, Billy’s self-confidence begins to soar and boy and bird become one.
Chester Hayes (Billy), Tobias Batley (Jud), Kristen McNally (Mum), Dom Czapski (Mr Farthing), Phil Snowden (Mr Sugden), Anro Skrzypiciel (Mr Gryce), Laura Careless (Kes Puppetry / Woman in WMC), Barnaby Meredith (Bookshop Owner)
Jonathan Watkins (choreography and direction), Alex Baranowski (composer)