Lord Of The Flies
by William Golding
Adapted by Nigel Williams
Directed by Timothy Sheader
2nd - 6th February 2016
Photograph by Johan Persson
The most impressive aspect of this adaptation of William Golding's classic
novel about how people can suddenly become bestial given adverse situations
- in this case a group of schoolkids being marooned on a desert island
- is the stage design, a smoking wreck of a plane with many suitcases
spilt out of it, while opposite is a torn off wing which serves as a ramp
for the cast
As for the one-dimensional performances by the young actors and often
repetitive aspects of what was being staged, it left me bored and, to
use a common phrase, would have made Golding, who died in 1993, turn in
his grave. It's hard to believe that a reference was made about the puerile
TV gawp, I Am a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!
This probably encapsulated the downmarket nature of this production.
Another example of the cringe factor was one of the characters mimicking
another lad having an epileptic fit. Some in the audience laughed at this
Fortunately one of my friends, who is an epileptic, was not in attendance,
or she might have stood up and screamed at the stage in protest.