‘It’s like everything goes quiet. All around. All the noise. Till it’s you and her. That’s it. Just to look at her and fly her. That’s enough for me.’

At 15 years old, Billy’s future is already mapped out for him: paper round. PE lessons, pits … purgatory. Bullied by his brother, ignored by his mam, and picked on by his teachers, young Billy Casper dodges and scrapes his way through life.

Until he steals a kestrel chick from its nest.

Billy takes her, feeds her, raises her, trains her, and flies her - and something suddenly awakes inside him

The unforgettable story of boy and kestrel. Lu Kemp directs Robert Alan Evans’ adaptation of Barry Hines iconic novel, which became Ken Loach’s breakthrough film, Kes.


***Special Workshop Offer***

Workshops delivered in your school by Perth Theatre Artistic Director, Lu Kemp

To support the forthcoming production of Kes, which will be directed by Lu Kemp, we are offering in school workshops for your students.


The Choices a Director Makes - Practical Workshop

Lu will lead a practical workshop on her directing process, and she will discuss the choices she makes in rehearsals, reflecting on her style of work. This workshop is ideally suited to students studying drama at examination level. This workshop provides your students the opportunity to work closely with Lu, before attending Kes.


Creative Team Conversation - Discussion Workshop

Your students will have the opportunity to put questions to Lu before having a group discussion linking closely to Kes and Lu’s role. She will discuss her creative ideas going into the Kes rehearsals and will be open to reflections and questions from your students.


We have workshops available on the following dates:

Wed 4 Sep

Mon 9 Sep

Wed 11 Sep

Mon 16 Sep

Mon 23 Sep

Wed 25 Sep

Thu 26 Sep

Mon 30 Sep

Wed 2 Oct

Thu 3 Oct

We are fairly flexible with times and are happy to work around your school timetable.

These workshops are FREE, if attending Kes.

Bookings for the workshops will be made through the creative learning team. Please email laurenoakes@horsecross.co.uk. Workshops will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis.