The play of ‘Kes’ by Barry Hines and Allan Stronach
The play of ‘Kes’ was written by Barry Hines and Allan Stronach. Kes is a story of a young boy named, Billy Casper. He had a lot of problems with his family and school, and his only friend was Kes, the kestrel, which he cherished.
They play is about Billy Casper and how poor his life is. His mother and brother, Jud weren’t really that nice to him and treated him quite badly. His school wasn’t much better for him, because sometimes he got picked on and almost every day he got the cane. Billy’s bird was the only thing he loved. He took all his time to read books about how to train it.
In scenes 1-4 of the play Billy didn’t have a good relationship with anyone he knew. His mother neglected him in a way. She was never there for him, never made him any food and made him fend for himself. His brother, Jud always made him do things for him, like putting on bets at the bookies. He was always nasty to him and every weekend Jud came in home very drunk and that’s when Billy got his revenge by calling him nasty names and doing nasty things to him, and Jud couldn’t do anything about it because he was too drunk. Billy’s school didn’t work out too well for him either. He got sent to the headmaster’s office almost every day because he would doze off during assembly and lose concentration in class. Because of this he would get the cane. His class mates also didn’t get on with him. They bullied him because of the way he looked, which was small, scruffy, skinny, ugly and because he was poor. They also made fun of his mother and brother because they were also poor and scruffy. The milkman and one of his teachers were the only people who felt sorry for him and liked him. The milkman offered him lifts in his milk float when Billy had to deliver his newspapers. The teacher was interested in his bird, and went to watch when Billy was training it. I think Billy definitely does not have a good life, because his family don’t love him and they treat him badly and other people don’t get on with him either. The only thing I think made him happy in his life was Kes.
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Billy finds the prospect of training the hawk an exciting one because he made an effort for the bird, by going to the library and getting books, and reading about how to train it. He spent every day with Kes. Kes lived in a field near a farm and the farmer wouldn’t let Billy take Kes because he knew nothing about birds, so that’s when Billy went to the library to take out some books. The librarian wouldn’t let him take the books out because he wasn’t a member. Instead of Billy waiting a while to borrow them he stole them, because he knew his mother wouldn’t sign a form to make him a member and because he was too desperate to train the bird. Billy was reading the book when he got home. He was telling his mother interesting facts about hawks, but she wasn’t listening as she was more interested on getting ready to out.
In scene 12 Billy gives a talk to his class about Kes. He starts off shy, saying two or three words at a time describing Kes. Then he began giving a speech and he was really enthusiastic about it. In his speech he uses big and fancy words to describe things to do with the bird, such as “JESSES” which is something the bird wears around its leg so you can get hold of it. This tells us how much time he has taken to study the bird and how much knowledge he had. The amount he says differs from the rest of the play because in the other scenes he only said a few things and in scene 12 he couldn’t stop talking. I think it is written in a long speech to show us his enthusiasm. It tells us that Billy has strong feelings towards Kes and enjoyed very much training her.
Billy’s teacher come to see Kes and Billy enjoys telling him about Kes.
“Well when she used to peck me – when I first had her – I kept my finger there as though it didn’t hurt. So after a bit she packed it in”.
This helps us understand how much he enjoyed training Kes, because he wasn’t scared of it when it tried to peck him, he just showed it that it wasn’t nice to do so.
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At the end of the play Jud kills Kes because Billy didn’t put his bet on at the bookies for him. Billy was absolutely devastated about it. He was shouting and swearing at Jud and his mother. His mother never gave him any sympathy and Jud seemed proud of himself from what he did. This helps us understand the lack of feeling and emotion his family had for him to do such a terrible thing.
“Of course I’m bothered. But it’s only a bird. You can get another one can’t you?” This also tells us that his mother never knew how much Kes meant to Billy.
I felt heartbroken for Billy at the end of the play. I could almost feel the hatred from him that he felt towards his family. I think the authors created a believable character, because I could feel Billy’s feelings inside me. I could understand why Kes was the only thing Billy loved and wanted to look after, because no one else loved Billy or wanted to know him.