Kes comes to Chorley's Little Theatre

Ashley MacLaughlin and Lewis Wren, right, from Kes

Ashley MacLaughlin and Lewis Wren, right, from Kes

First published in What's on in Lancashire

The classic coming-of-age story Kes takes to the Chorley Little Theatre stage this month in a dynamic new production from Chorley Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society.

Based on the Barry Hines book, made famous as a film by Ken Loach, the production stars 19-year-old newcomer Lewis Wren as Billy Casper, a failing schoolboy who develops a new passion for life when he trains a young kestrel.

Set in Yorkshire in 1968 the play charts Billy’s struggles with those around him as he looks for a way out of his working-class hardship. Featuring funny moments and heartfelt drama, the story has been an enduring favourite for more than 40 years.

The cast also features Joanne Cunliffe as Billy’s single-parent mum, with the headmaster and the PE teacher played by real-life teachers John Griffin and Andrew Kidd.

It runs from Monday, February 25 until Saturday, March 2 at 7.30pm every night at Chorley Little Theatre. Tickets are £6 Monday-Wednesday and £8 Thursday-Saturday from Malcolm’s Musicland 01257 264362 or

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