Lord of the Flies

Posted on 22 Nov 2018

 

The O'Halloran Hall was transformed into a desert island when talented young actors presented their version of Lord of the Flies.

A cast of eight predominantly lower school students brought William Golding’s famous novel to life in front of an enthusiastic audience who cheered them to the rafters at the end of the show.

Lord of the Flies, published in 1954, was Golding’s first novel and is now recognised as a twentieth-century classic and one of the most celebrated works of modern fiction.

The plot focuses on a group of British children stranded on an uninhabited island after a plane crash, and their disastrous attempt to govern themselves.

The main theme of the story is the conflict between the human impulse towards savagery and the rules of civilisation which are designed to contain and minimise it.

This conflict was vividly portrayed in a series of dramatic and sometimes disturbing scenes by the young cast of Luis Hewitt, Charlie Heath, Niall Martindale, Matthew Williams, Emilie Pinnington, Owen Ashcroft and Tatenda Taibu.

Meanwhile, Head of History Niall Rothnie also made a brief cameo appearance at the end of the play as the soldier who finds the children.

Lord of the Flies was dramatised and directed by Head of English Peter Ravenscroft, and produced by English teacher Anna Smith.

Other important contributions were made by the technical crew of ICT teacher Ian Rhead and pupils Harry Dickson and James Atherton, and students Robert Johnson (music), Georgia Collins (make-up) and Olivia Taylor (set design).

Commenting on the production Principal, Mike Kennedy, said: “Lord of the Flies is a complex, dark and difficult-to-perform story, so I would like to congratulate our young actors on making such a fantastic job of it.

“The fact that the cast and crew were mainly from our lower school bodes well for the future of drama at St. Mary’s, and I very much look forward to seeing their collective talent on display in other productions in the coming years.”