Secret Theatre comes to Yorkshire
So they have the venue and they have the fans of the venue, now the people in charge just need to keep p putting good work in it. With Kes, they feel like they are on to a winner. Thiarai says: “It’s such a powerful story a about fulfilling your potential. Billy was trying to fulfil his potential in 1968 and it feels like there are lots of Billys t trying to fulfil theirs in 2014.
“For me it’s not just about a an individual, it’s about this w whole town. The community cast we have in this show are a real representation of that. We have proved in the past year that if you create the right circumstances, with creativity, it’s possible for a whole community to fulfil its greatest potential. It’s a story now that is as potent as it ever was.”
The story, created by Hines and loved for generations, is one of the most powerful metaphors created in modern British literature. Billy Caspar nurses a kestrel and watches it grow strong and swoop free, something he might never be able to do, tied as he is to the circumstances of a run-down estate in a mining village.
Thiarai says: “Kes is a local story and the perfect thing to mark our first birthday. Kes fits the bill for us because it’s a big story full of heart.” LYRIC Hammersmith’s awardwinning Secret Theatre comes to West Yorkshire Playhouse next month, still fresh from its successful run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Heading the Secret Theatre at the Playhouse will be a new staging of A Streetcar Named Desire, which has been adapted by writer Hayley Squires.
Other plays include Glitterland, Woyzeck, Show 6 and A Series of Increasingly Impossible Acts. The shows run from September 16-27. For more information and tickets, visit www.wyp.org.uk or call 0113 213 7700.