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Lord of the Flies

Staging a production based on a novel is never an easy feat – when said novel is a Nobel Prize winning classic in which all but one of the characters are young boys then it’s a whole new ball-game.

Fortunately, London’s award-winning Regent’s Park Theatre Company (whose excellent ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ came to Sheffield earlier this year), have conjured-up a visual feast of frenetic action; mind-bending mise-en-scene; and faintly hallucinogenic physical theatre. Both the S4 and S5 year groups went to the Lyceum Theatre this week to witness this tantalisingly faithful (if abridged) adaptation of William Golding’s seminal work of dystopian fiction; I think it’s fair to say that all came away with very clear feelings about what they’d seen.

As a core exam text, ‘Lord of the Flies’ is ripe for original interpretation, and even if Piggy’s Yorkshire accent ruffled a few local feathers, the experience was satisfyingly rich; and well worth the brief journey.

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