Railway Children - Father

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They beat him. They deprived him. They ridiculed him. They broke his heart. But they couldn’t break his spirit.
The Touring Consortium and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse.

Adapted by Lawrence Till

from the book “A Kestrel for a Knave” by Barry Hines

Directed By: Nikolai Foster

They beat him. They deprived him. They ridiculed him. They broke his heart. But they couldn’t break his spirit.

Billy’s father disappeared when he was six and his mother is always going out, leaving him to fend for himself. Judd works in the local coal mine and Billy is expected to follow in his footsteps when he leaves school in the next few months, but is determined not to.

However when he finds a kestrel chick and teaches himself how to raise and train it with the aid of a library book, he discovers a real passion that gives him an escape from the mundane reality of the rest of his life, and he finds that he is not as useless as his teachers and family keep telling him he is.

 “A powerful production”
Whatsonstage 

“Immaculately staged”
Liverpool Echo