As I walked into the theatre, my eyes instantly noticed the amazing and realistic set. It consisted of half a crashed plane and what looked like a wing on the far right hand side of the stage which sloped up. During the performance I felt that the actors used the space and set to their advantage and also letting us use our imagination. When the play started, the lights dimmed and choir-like singing projected out into the audience giving an eerie feel. Suddenly appeared Ralph, who was played by Luke Ward-Watkins, who consistently kept in character and played his role extremely well. Throughout the whole play were small scenes of slow motion, where the lighting and music would change and the actors would act as if time had completely slowed down. This worked well, especially in the fight scenes, which were amazingly choreographed. One of the key characters of the play was Piggy, who was played by Anthon Roberts. Piggy was very smart and quickly realise that if they wanted to survive they needed to set some rules. Anthony Roberts played the frightened and wimpy piggy well, but at times I felt he slightly over acted. The director gave Lord Of The Flies a modern twist, by including modern day devices and sayings, like ‘selfies’, ‘banter’ and phones. This was cleverly inserted into the play making it more enjoyable and relatable to the younger and teenage generations.
During the second half of the play we experienced more grit and violence. Freddie Watkins played Jack, who was an unlikable character and found pleasure in hunting and killing. Jack wanted to rule over Ralph, which caused conflict during the play. Freddie played Jack extremely well, showing Jacks cruelty and eventual insanity. You could really feel the characters aggressiveness and fight for survival, which was very powerful and intense. I felt that play did not show the characters need for basic survival needs, such as food and water, but I understand that it would be very hard to fit all that in to a two hour play from such a complex novel. The costumes were amazing from start to end. At the start, all characters entered wearing different school uniforms, which I think was chosen to show class and wealth, because you could easily see which boys were from private schools and which boys were from state schools. During the second half the boys clothes began to get more rugged. Jack and his clan had torn their clothes and painted their faces with blood, which gave them a menacing and over ruling feel. I feel that the ending was slightly rushed. Throughout the whole play you had a build up of excitement, action and thriller and it was almost ended to quickly and unclearly. When all the boys lined up and you could hear the sound of the helicopter get louder and louder, I felt that that worked very well. Then suddenly the lights cut and the sound stopped and I knew it was the end.
Overall I thought the play was amazing and was better than I expected that it was going to be like. It was jam packed with action, thriller and excitement. I would definitely recommend it for people to go out and see. I am going to give this play 9 stars out of 10, for the astonishing amount of work and talent that had gone into producing it.
Upper Fourth English Student