Perth Theatre Perth
We’re pleased as punch at Perth Film Society to have been asked to preview the Horsecross Arts stage production of “Kes” with a retrospective screening of the 1969 film version. The original book was inspired by the experiences of author Barry Hines’ brother Richard, who also tamed a hawk, and it is set in an era when the British coal-mining industry was being run down aggressively.
Ken Loach’s screen version is now regarded as one of the greatest British films ever made. No pressure there then for Horsecross Artistic Director, Lu Kemp, who will host a Q&A discussion afterwards looking at parallels (or differences !) between book, stage, and film adaptations.
Bullied at school and ignored and abused at home by his indifferent mother and older brother, Billy Casper (David Bradley), a 15-year-old working-class Yorkshire boy, tames and trains his pet kestrel falcon whom he names Kes. Helped and encouraged by his English teacher Mr. Farthing (Colin Welland) and his fellow students, Billy finally finds a positive purpose to his unhappy existence, until tragedy strikes. Don't miss your chance to see Ken Loach's acclaimed film almost 50 years on from its release.
Followed by a post-show discussion with Artistic Director Lu Kemp to discuss parallels between novel, film and stage adaptation.
Tickets & Information
Cert PG; 1969; 111 min; English
£6; seniors/unwaged/students £5
10% off ticket to Perth Theatre at Horsecross Arts' production of Kes if buying ticket to see the film.
About Perth Film Society
Perth Film Society is a Perthshire based cinema group that gives film fans the chance to see little-known and cult movies on the big screen. This season, the team behind the has hand-picked some international gems for its new season and has added a couple of additions to its usual programme of 7 films.
These include Kes, to coincide with the Perth Theatre production, and a retrospective of "Thelma and Louise" in conjunction with Perth and Kinross Violence Against Women Partnership. Look out for more details coming soon.