Step up to star in Kes

Dai Bradley in Kes
Dai Bradley in Kes
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Does tha reckon tha’s good on two feet? Tha’d better get t’ that there Sheffield then.

Producers behind a new dance version of the cult novel A Kestrel for a Knave are on the hunt for young stars to show the classic tale of a boy and his bird in a whole other light.

Makers of Kes, an original Sheffield Theatres production, are appealing for young lads - and a couple of lasses - from across South Yorkshire to strut their stuff in a bid to appear alongside the rest of the cast on the Crucible stage in March next year.

Barnsley-born director Jonathan Watkins has adapted and choreographed the story of the Barry Hines book, which inspired Ken Loach’s hit film, combining dance, physical theatre and puppetry.

A combination of professionals and local young dancers will be used.

Daniel Evans, artistic director of Sheffield Theatres, said: “I’m very excited to be collaborating with Jonathan on the new dance-theatre adaptation of Barry Hines’ novel.”

Open auditions will be held at the Channing Hall on Surrey Street in Sheffield city centre for boys between the ages of 14 and 17 on Saturday, November 23. There are two parts for girls also up for grabs.

Auditionees do not require previous professional training or experience, but producers have asked for young people who consider themselves good movers and shakers.

Rehearsals begin in January and cast members must be available for up to two nights and one Saturday a week, dates to be confirmed, during rehearsals, and the entire production period from Thursday, March 22, until Saturday, April 5.

As it is a dancing audition those wishing to participate are asked to wear comfortable clothes and soft or dance shoes, and bring bottled drinking water.

Tickets for Kes will go on sale tomorrow and are available from Sheffield Theatres’ Box Office, by calling 0114 249 6000, or by visiting the website: