Childhood theme carries through with story of society

Groundlings Theatre are performing Lord Of The Flies from November 4-6 and 10-11.
Groundlings Theatre are performing Lord Of The Flies from November 4-6 and 10-11.

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The autumn season at Groundlings Theatre has been full of haunting productions, all based around the theme of childhood.

Its new production is no different as it puts on the William Golding classic, Lord Of The Flies.

Having auditioned for boys to join the cast back in June, the theatre is performing the play from November 4-6 and 10-11.

Directed by Richard Stride, it follows the story of a group of schoolboys marooned on a tropical island during an unspecified war. Without the constraints of their society they slowly turn to savagery.

He says: ‘We did a lot of work at the beginning about forming relationships, how people form groups and how they seek power. We used drama exercises to bounce off each other and see how those relationships are constantly shifting.’

What Richard finds unusual is basing the production around an all-male cast.

Richard adds: ‘It’s been an interesting project. It’s quite an unusual concept to have 13 boys stranded on an island who don’t know what will happen to them.

‘It was interesting to see that not only does it happen on a small scale, but the same thing happens in the wider world on an international basis. It’s a microcosm of society.’

Joe Pope will be taking on the role of Ralph, Jay Beaumont will appear as Jack, and joining them is Nathan Collins as Piggy.

Tickets cost £7.50 to £9.50 from Groundlings Theatre on (023) 9273 7370 or go to groundlings.co.uk.