HUDDERSFIELD teenager Daniel Kirraine is heading for the bright lights of London in a production of the Yorkshire-based play Kes.
The 18-year-old, who lives with his mum Mrs Kay Kirraine and younger sisters Louise, 16, and Megan, 14, at Oakes Road, Oakes, will be treading the boards in a National Youth Theatre production, based on the award-winning book A Kestrel For A Knave by Barry Hines.
Parts have yet to be allocated for the show, which will be performed after four weeks of rehearsals.
Kes tells the story of the grim realities of 15-year-old Billy Casper's life in a bleak SouthYorkshire mining town.
A failure at school and the victim of bullies, he finds his niche when he discovers, raises and trains a kestrel that he finds.
Mrs Kirraine said: "We are all very excited for Daniel and recognise what a great opportunity this is for him. We have been fundraising to help pay for his trip to London and so far have managed to raise £330 by holding a race night at Lindley Working Men's Club."
The former Salendine Nook High School and Greenhead College student, currently awaiting his A-level results, will leave Huddersfield this weekend for seven weeks.