Se­cret The­atre comes to York­shire

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - STAGE -

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.

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