Stephen ready to fly with Kes

Teenager Stephen Robson is preparing to fly high as he takes the lead in the production of Kes at the Pheonix Theatre in Blyth.

Stephen is no stranger to the stage having performed with the Young Phoenix since he joined at eight-years-old and has appeared in such shows as Smike, Dracula Spectacular, Oliver and with Brit Award winners Blake.

Many will also remember his brilliant portrayal of Rum Tum Tugger in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, performed at the Phoenix only last year.

Stephen, who is currently studying a two-year musical theatre course at Newcastle College, said: “It’s been a while since I’ve done a play so Kes has been brilliant for me to get involved in.

“It’s yet another amazing opportunity for me to get involved with at the Phoenix Theatre and I’m really enjoying the experience working with such a small team in Kes.”

Kes is based on the novel A Kestrel for a Knave, by Barry Hines, which was made into the film Kes, by Ken Loach.

Set against the backdrop of a 1960s mining town, Kes tells the story of 15-year-old Billy Casper, and the one thing that gives his life meaning, a kestrel called Kes.

The production allows you to step into the shoes of Billy.

His home life is bad and school life is worse. His brother is a bully and his mother has a different man at the door every day.

Billy is pushed around at school and always gets the blame. All in all, Billy is not a happy boy.

Then one day everything changes. Billy’s world explodes and for the first time happiness swoops into his life in the shape of a kestrel.

Kes becomes Billy’s friend, his best friend, his only friend.

Kes is the story of one boy’s heart, how it came to beat and how it came to break and is being performed at the Phoenix Theatre in Blyth, from Wednesday, April 16, to Friday, April 18, at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £10.50 or £9.50 for concessions and can be booked at the box office by calling (01670) 367228 or online at