Groundlings Theatre Company brings William Golding’s captivating, dystopian tale to life with great aplomb.
The story focuses on a group of schoolboys who, having survived a plane crash, are marooned on an island. Despite good intentions, they soon descend into savagery, with horrific consequences.
One of the ‘big-uns’, Ralph, earnestly portrayed by Joe Pope, is optimistic about being rescued and is appointed chief but this does not sit well with Jack – another assured performance by Jay Beaumont - who desperately wants respect.
One of many highlights are Sam and Eric, two of the ‘little-uns’, who provide unfaltering enthusiasm and energy and are convincing as two boys swept up in the commotion on the island.
The wild, fortress-like set allows the boys ample scampering space and the younger actors seem to relish clambering around.
Director Richard Stride creates strong, symbolic imagery encapsulating the group’s dynamics. There is a striking moment involving group outcast Piggy, affectionately played by Nathan Collins. As events unfold and lines between human nature and morality become blurred, the tension builds towards a beautifully solemn conclusion.
It’s a brilliant, exhilaratingly raucous production not to be missed, and there are performances on November 10 and 11.