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Lord of the Flies at The Churchill Theatre – Review

Lord of The Flies
LORD OF THE FLIES by Golding, Photo Credit: Johan Persson www.perssonphotography.com

Nigel Williams’ adaptation of William Golding’s novel is excellent. It tells the story of a group of school boys who, following an air crash, are stranded on a Pacific island. Whilst beginning their time on the island as one group the boys quickly fall out and some of them descend into a culture based on savage violence, hero worship and superstition.

Jon Bausor’s set design is very impressive and enhances the production with some great attention to detail (ie a wing light still flashing on the plane wreck). Nick Powell’s sound score is atmospheric and momentous and, again, enhances the production as does Paul Keogan’s lighting. Timothy Sheader’s direction is first class.

Whilst Golding wrote this piece in 1954, there are nods to the more recent past with “I’m A Celebrity” and selfie mentions. There were a few dance scenes and credit must be given to Kate Waters for her work as the production’s fight director. A highlight for me was the rhythmic and straight from the book chant “Kill the pig, kill the pig, cut his throat” this also caught the imagination of the younger members of the audience (of which there were plenty).

The cast are young, energetic and enthusiastic with Luke Ward Wilkinson giving an impressive performance as Ralph working well with the equally impressive Freddie Watkins as Ralph’s enemy Jack.

However, the performance of the night for me came from Anthony Roberts as Piggy, the tragic oddball of the group who attempts to get the other boys to see sense but is sadly shouted down and made fun of.

Lord of the Flies is a book I enjoyed studying at school and whilst tonight was a bit of a trip back to the classroom it was an enjoyable one as this adaptation is first class. This is the final week of a 6 month tour and I recommend you grab a ticket while you can.

4 stars

Review by Karen Pond

Lord of the Flies
William Golding’s 20th century classic Lord of the Flies explodes onto the stage in a remarkable production direct from London’s award-winning Regent’s Park Theatre.

When a group of schoolboys survive a catastrophic plane crash, what starts as a desert island adventure quickly descends into a struggle for survival in a darkly sinister world of superstition and immorality.

Playing to capacity audiences during its original run, this accl aimed production is guaranteed to grip from start to finish.

Lord of the Flies – UK Tour – ATG Tickets

 

Cast and Creatives
Ralph – Luke Ward-Wilkinson
Piggy – Anthony Roberts
Jack – Freddie Watkins
Simon – Keenan Munn-Francis
Sam -Thiago Pigatto
Eric – Fellipe Pigatto
Henry – Dylan Llewellyn
Maurice – Michael Ajao
Bill – Yossi Goodlink
Roger – Matthew Castle
Perceval – Benedict Barker
Officer – Jonathan Holby
Timothy Sheader – Director
Liam Steel – Co Director
Stage Adaptation by Nigel Williams
Jon Bausor – Designer
Nick Powell – Composer and Sound Score
Paul Keogan – Lighting Designer
Kate Waters – Fight Director
Ricky Dukes – Assistant Director

Churchill Theatre Bromley
Running Time: 2 hours 45 minutes (including an interval)
Tuesday 15th to Saturday 19th March 2016
https://churchilltheatre.co.uk/

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