News: Lord of the Flies - London dates on sale now

Wednesday 29 January 2014 by Carmel Smith

New Adventures 'Lord of the Flies'

The London dates for New Adventures’ next show – a new large-scale dance spectacular production of Lord of the Flies – are on sale now. As part of a UK tour (starting in Apriil at the Lowry, Salford) the company come to Sadler’s Wells for six performances only, from 8 – 11 October .

Based on the classic novel by William Golding, the adaptation is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning* Matthew Bourne, working with long time company member Scott Ambler – who will also be choreographer. Lord of the Flies promises to be distinctive. For the first time Re:Bourne, the education wing of the company – a charity delivering projects, training, courses and productions to find, develop and inspire the next generation of dance-theatre professionals – is involved in the creation of a large scale production. In each city, or region that the show visits, the professional cast will be joined by a local cast of around 30 young people, recruited and trained by local New Adventures Ambassadors.

“Lord of the Flies is a project never before mounted on the large-scale”, Matthew Bourne said today. “This unique collaboration between my production company, New Adventures, and charity, Re:Bourne will enable thousands of young people and their families across the country to experience dance at close hand, and for many, for the very first time.”

In the production, the action is transferred from deserted island to deserted theatre. A group of schoolboys find themselves abandoned. With no adults around they start to make their own rules and create their own civilisation, before order breaks down and the story builds to an electrifying climax. Golding’s legendary characters Ralph, Piggy, Jack and the boys will be brought to life with raw energy and emotional intensity by the New Adentures team, featuring set and costume design by Olivier Award-winner Lez Brotherston , music by Terry Davies, lighting design by Chris Davey and sound design by Paul Groothuis.

The professional company includes New Adventures dancers Sam Archer as Maurice, Luke Murphy as Sam, Dominic North as Ralph, Sam Plant as Piggy, Alastair Postlethwaite as Eric, Danny Reubens as Jack and Dan Wright as Roger.

Bourne is also introducing two new performers to the company for Lord of the Flies: Layton Williams (Simon) made his professional stage debut as the title role in the West End hit musical Billy Elliot. (He has since appeared in two series of BBC2’s Beautiful People and can currently be seen in Jack Whitehall’s hit BBC comedy Bad Education); Jack Hazelton makes his professional debut with New Adventures having recently graduated from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. “They will be joining an outstanding company of dancers from the New Adventures company who will inspire and nurture the young casts in each of our thirteen participating cities. I look forward to an exciting, and for some, life-changing year ahead,” he said today.

This production is supported by Arts Council England and the Arts Council of Wales, in addition to other major trusts and donors. It was originally commissioned in 2011 by Glasgow Theatres, part of Ambassador Theatre Group.

New Adventures & Re:Bourne – Lord of the Flies, Sadler’s Wells, 8 – 11 October 2014

Tour start in April at The Lowry, Salford Quays and goes to Plymouth, Birmingham, Inverness, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Liverpool and Canterbury before arriving in London. It then continues to Cardiff, Newcastle, Norwich, finishing in Bradford (3 -6 December).
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*This week Matthew Bourne also received the De Valois Award for outstanding achievement in dance, as part of the National Dance Awards, organised by the dance section of the Critics’ Circle. More here

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