Lord of the Flies explodes on stage
William Golding’s 20th century classic Lord of the Flies explodes onto Centrepoint Theatre’s next Open Stage production, playing July 15 to August 5, led by a dynamic and fearless cast of professional young actors and supported by members of the Manawatu community.
A plane crashes on a deserted island. The only survivors are a group of schoolkids. By day, they enjoy a tropical paradise of sun and sea; but each night, their dreams are haunted by a terrifying beast. Thrust into a teenage version of Survivor, before long, this wellbehaved group turns into a bloodthirsty and murderous tribe.
Golding’s timeless first novel about the loss of innocence in young men, human nature and the decline of civilisation continues to be included in secondary school curricula the world over.
For some students, it’s the story they remember most vividly from growing up. For others, the story has remained with them forever. In its portrayal of reason versus chaos, Lord of the Flies investigates many issues that remain incredibly relevant to society today – rules, morals, fear mongering, bullying and gang rivalry.
In a professional first, Centrepoint’s production will feature a gender-mixed cast. Leading the pact is Horowhenua native Michiel van Echten ( Boys at
the Beach) as Ralph, with Toi Whakaari graduates Ella HopeHigginson and Comfrey Sanders making their Centrepoint debuts as Jack and Simon.
Centrepoint associate director Nathan Mudge returns to the stage, having previously appeared in smash hits The Motor Camp and
Stockcars: The Musical. Rounding out the cast is Leighton Stichbury as the much-loved Piggy.
Lord of the Flies will also feature the support of some of Manawatu’s best acting talent as part of Centrepoint’s Open Stage initiative. Olivia Costello, Finn Davidson, Jeremy Hunt, Madeleine James, Jeff Kingsford-Brown, Maizy Kingsford-Brown and Rachel McLean make up the local contingency along with members of Centrepoint’s 2017 youth programme, Basement Company.
Open Stage is an initiative providing opportunities to those in Manawatu’s community who want to grow creatively in a supported yet rigorous learning environment. It was launched in 2015 with the New Zealand premiere of Nick Dear’s Frankenstein, a production
led by two professional actors with support from local artists and Basement Company, and presented to sold out crowds and critical acclaim.
2016 saw a collaboration with 17 community choirs from the lower North Island on David Greig’s The Events.
Playwright and novelist Nigel Williams’ captivating stage adaptation of Lord of the Flies was originally staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon in July 1995. Golding himself attended an early draft of the adaptation a year before his death in 1993.
Golding was born in Cornwall, England, in 1911. He grew up in an old 14th century house at the end of a churchyard, and was fearful of the graveyard and the sleeping dead. His parents wanted him to be a scientist so in 1930 he went to Oxford to study science but, before long, changed to English literature.
During World War II Golding served with the Royal Navy and
was profoundly affected by his experiences. After the war he taught at a boys’ school in Salisbury and, in 1954, published Lord of the Flies.
Years later he said that writing the book was ‘‘like lamenting the lost childhood of the world.’’ He won the Booker Prize in 1980 with Rites of Passage, was knighted in 1988 and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. Earlybird tickets for Lord of the
Flies are on sale now, offering audiences up to 20 percent off standard ticket pricing when booking for a performance within the first week of the season. Be quick - shows are selling out!
Lord of the Flies runs from July 15 to August 5 at Centrepoint Theatre. Tickets $16 to $40. Bookings 06-354-5740 or centrepoint.co.nz.
Lord of the Flies will be staged at Centrepoint Theatre from July 15 to August 5.