News: Wild Boys: Matthew Bourne's Lord of the Flies in rehearsal

Friday 4 April 2014

William Golding’s classic dystopian novel Lord of the Flies is getting the New Adventures treatment, as Matthew Bourne’s company begin opens its new show in Salford this week. The production, which features young local performers alongside the professional cast, transfers the action of Golding’s novel from a desert island to a deserted theatre, and examines what happens in a society without adult rule.

Lord of the Flies began as a community project in Glasgow, designed to get boys from touch backgrounds involved in dance. Lord of the Flies was an obvious choice for a narrative, says New Adventures choreographer Scott Ambler tells Charlotte Runcie in the Telegraph. “If we were getting lads involved who’d not done any dancing before, we didn’t want them pretending to be elves and fairies. This descent into savagery is something they can get their teeth into.”

The show, with design by regular Bourne collaborator Lez Brotherston and music by Terry Davies, will tour the UK throughout 2014, with local casts of different sizes taking part at each venue. Although rehearsals can sometimes get a little boisterous, Ambler is enjoying the experience of working with his male cast. “There’s something about having all the lads together,” he says. “It’s like a football team. They’re all playing the same game and trying to get the same result, and there’s a massive bond that takes place.”

Lord of the Flies comes to London in October 2014. www.sadlerswells.com

Read the full article here (Telegraph 2 April 2014)

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