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Performing Arts students stage all-female production Lord of the Flies

Oct 28, 2014

Performing Arts students stage all-female production Lord of the Flies

Nescot’s Performing Arts students flipped Lord of the Flies on its head to stage an all-female production for their final show of the year.

The cast of 12 second-year Level 3 Extended Diploma students performed the play, based on William Golding’s book of all-male characters, in the department’s theatre on May 28 and 29.

Directed by Section Leader Gavin Maxwell and designed by Clair Prime, the dramatic set was built from sand, and scaffolding and boards borrowed from Willmott Dixon and Amber Scaffolding Ltd.

“The set looks amazing and we wanted to use it to its full effect, but it is pretty high in places so it was a bit of a challenge at first,” said Louise Watson, who appeared as Ralph.

“The stage directions were also quite difficult in places, particularly looking at how we could portray the deaths.

“We overcame all sorts of challenges, and we’re all proud of that, but we’re also really proud of the end result. I think it is a really strong production, and hopefully people have enjoyed it so far.”

Georgia Forrester, who played Roger, said: “Lord of the Flies looks at human nature but it focusses on boys, so it was really interesting to think about how a group of girls would have behaved.

“I loved how we worked on developing the staging and the characterisation – for example, we watched films like Battle Royale and Spirited Away, and that really improved the way we approached the acting.”

Gavin Maxwell explained how the cast had also been influenced by the soundscape of the films they’d watched as part of their research, and had worked on the relationship between sound, staging and acting.

“I think the quality of the final performances has been extremely high, especially when you consider how we were back in the autumn,” he added.

“As well as that, it’s been a really full year for the students. Everyone has made enormous progress and they deserve to be really pleased with how well they’ve handled it.”

Lord of the Flies was written by William Golding in 1954 and adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams almost 40 years later.

The plot follows a group of boys marooned on a deserted island as they attempt to govern themselves, and addresses issues such as true human nature and innate behaviour.

The students started working on the production in September, in addition to extra-curricular projects such as the Rock Challenge and National Theatre Connections competitions.

Student David Elwood made a brief appearance as the corpse of a parachutist, while Cameron Muir assisted Clair Prime with light and sound.

The other second-year group performed Oh What a Lovely War on May 14 and 15.

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