WILLIAM GOLDING'S

LORD OF THE FLIES

ADAPTED FOR STAGE BY NIGEL WILLIAMS

7:30PM, THURS 19TH - SAT 28TH APRIL 2012

AT OXFORD CASTLE UNLOCKED

“Whose side are you on?”

10 boys are stranded on a desert island and attempt to govern themselves with disturbing consequences. Two ideologically opposed leaders emerge and compete for influence over the group, forcing each character to face the question:   whose side are you on?

DIRECTOR'S NOTES

You’ll hopefully have picked up on our question ‘whose side are you on?’ by now, and I have to say this was the starting point for LOTF. I think most people would agree that Ralph is a popular choice; on the surface he’s noble, good natured and morally just. However the fun we’ve had as a company, is finding all of the characters flaws and contradictions. No-one in life is one dimensional, and everyone is psychologically flawed in some way. Although Ralph appears to do the right thing, it’s obvious that he also longs for the freedom and excitement of Jack’s choices. Equally- Jack can be effortlessly portrayed as the bad guy, but isn’t he just a child who wants to fit in?

A fascinating part of this story for me, is not just deciding whose side I would be on, but also answering the question- what would I do? There are a varied mixture of characters and personalities stranded on the island, and I hope that you will identify with at least one of our boys. It can be a difficult, but intriguing concept to consider that if stripped of our rules, regulations and social expectations- our actions and outlooks may be extremely different. Yes the boys’ behaviour becomes extreme- but no more so than their fathers at home.

So this evening I hope you won’t sit back, relax and enjoy- but question, judge and examine the decisions in front of you. Observe our characters and ask yourself, whose side are you on?

Charlie Parker
DIRECTOR