The Kinks’ Ray Davies makes special guest appearance at Cumbria school musical

Star sees his own production of 'Childs Play' performed

The Kinks‘ former frontman Ray Davies attended the production of his school ‘Child Play’ in Cumbria yesterday (December 16).

The singer joined a 110-strong audience for the sell-out performance at the Coniston Institute.

Speaking before the show, which features six students from John Ruskin School playing Kinks songs including ‘Waterloo Sunset’ and ‘All Day And All Of The Night, Davies described those involved as “very accomplished”.

He told BBC News:

It’s a great village, it’s got a great community spirit.

The production portrays three couples from different social classes who deal with events ranging from the death of Princess Diana to the global financial crisis in the production.

It was part of Grizedale Arts‘ plans to revitalise the Coniston Institute, a former miners’ institute and community arts and education centre. The play was previously performed at London’s Southbank Centre in September.

In the past, Davies has also composed the music for various stage productions, including ‘Chorus Girls’, ’80 Days’ and ‘Come Dancing’, based on The Kinks‘ song of the same name.