Lord of the Flies takes flight at Rugby Theatre

Lord of the Flies at Rugby Theatre
Lord of the Flies at Rugby Theatre

A tale of how savage instincts triumph over civilisation is being told in a thrilling stage adaptation of Lord of the Flies at Rugby Theatre.

A group of talented boys will take to the stage for an ambitious retelling of the classic William Golding story.

The 12-strong cast from schools and colleges all over Rugby have been rehearsing hard for the past six weeks to stage the play at the Henry Street venue, under the watchful eye of the theatre’s artistic director Alan Pavis.

Alan said: “The boys have been incredible during rehearsals.

“We’ve only had relatively a short time together, but they have worked amazingly hard and with so much commitment. I’m immensely proud of what they have achieved.

“Most of them have some stage experience, but they will never have performed in anything as intense and powerful as this.”

Golding’s story, written soon after the Second World War, tells the story of a group of schoolboy evacuees, of different ages, who are stranded on an island when the plane they are in crashes.

With no adults to look after them the boys have to work together to survive.

Alan explains: “It’s a well-known story – so I won’t be spoiling the plot too much to say that though at first the boys are quite civilised and try to support each other, savagery and brutality quite quickly overtake them.

“There’s a saying in the theatre ‘never work with children and animals’ but I have to admit that this group of youngsters have been a real pleasure.

“We’re really looking forward to getting on the stage.”

It runs from March 14 to 21. To book tickets www.rugbytheatre.co.uk