Arrive. Divide. Hunt. Survive.
In the midst of a raging war, a group of British school children are left stranded after surviving a devastating plane crash. Ralph is voted the leader over outcast Piggy and rule-breaking Jack. As tensions rise and the hunger for power grows, the group divide and become wildly out of control.
Left to fend for themselves, the children are tested to their limits as they struggle for survival in their new and mysterious surroundings.
Directed by Amy Leach (Macbeth, Oliver Twist, Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet), this must-see production will be a modern staging of William Golding’s menacing 20th century classic with creatively integrated audio description available at every performance.
There will be an Integrated Sign Language Interpreted performance on Thurs 27 April at 7.30pm.
This story contains challenging themes and language including tribalism, colonialism, nuclear war, class divide, democracy, entitlement and power.
The play opens with news footage about war and evacuation, and the sound of a plane in distress and then crashing.
Two characters are violently killed by other children in the story. Both of these characters are disabled.
In the play many of the characters kill a wild boar, smear the blood of it over their faces in an act they describe as ‘devil worship’ and display the head on a stick to make it into the ‘Lord of the Flies’. By the end of the play, this head has decayed to a skeleton. The ‘boar’, ‘blood’ and ‘skeleton’ in the play will be fake.
The body of a dead parachutist hangs above the stage wrapped in their parachute for much of the play. This body is a mannequin.
There are various negative and derogatory references to body shape and physical prowess, especially in relation to the character of Piggy.