The Society of British Theatre Designers

The Value of Design


  • Production: Kes
  • Company: West Yorkshire Playhouse
  • Venue: Courtyard Theatre
  • Year: 2016
  • Author: Robert Alan Evans after Barry Hines
  • Directed by: Amy Leach
  • Choreography by : Lucy Cullingford
  • Composer : Tom Mills
  • Lighting Design by: Chloe Kenward
  • Sound Design by: Tom Mills
  • Costume Design by: Max Johns
  • Set designed by: Max Johns
  • Photography by: Ant Robling
  • Design © Max Johns
  • Image © Ant Robling
An adaptation of the novel Kes by Barry Hines for the stage. "Designer Max Johns’s set is a masterpiece of neglect: rotting chairs, industrial junk, an upturned bicycle straddling two filing-cabinets" (The Telegraph) "Amy Leach’s taut, 70-minute production finds poetry within the assembly hall apparatus of Max Johns’s design" (The Guardian) "Max Johns' impressive set dominates the stage, looking like a junkyard with furniture scattered around the scaffolding and an enormous wooden ramp" (The Stage)