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.
Billy: Chester Hayes Jud: Tobias Batley Mum: Kristen McNally Mr Farthing: Dom Czapski Mr Sugden: Phil Snowden Mr Gryce: Anro Skrzypiciel Kes Puppetry / Woman in WMC: Laura Careless Bookshop Owner: Barnaby Meredith Choreography and Direction Jonathan Watkins Composer: Alex Baranowski Dramaturg: Ben Stones Set and Costume Design: Daniel Denton Original Lighting Designer: Mark Henderson Puppetry Design and Maker: Rachel Canning Directed for the screen by Ross MacGibbon
Picture: 16:9 Sound: LPCM 2.0 + DTS Digital Surround Region code: 0 (All Regions) Running Time: 67 mins