Lord of The Flies

Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies

Matthew Bourne’s direction returns to the Cardiff Stage with his adaptation of Lord of the Flies. This adaptation of William Golding’s 1954 classic novel sees an all male cast take to the stage and interpret the tale through modern dance. 

The original story sees a group of school boys become stranded on a uninhabited Island. With no stucture and little means of survival this innocent tale quickly turns dark as the boys attempt to create order end in chaos and disaster. The novel discusses great themes such as human nature and the interests of the individual when placed in terms of the common good. This crucial novel has been adapted into films, for stage and has been included in the national curriculum.

Matthew Bourne takes this story and turns it into something new. The piece is choreographed by Olivier nominated Scott Ambler and the performance is raw and captures the savage nature of the boys as the movement becomes almost animal like. The established cast is mixed with local dancers and this creates a new dynamic to the performance. This performance is great for those who love dance as this style is spectacular to watch but the familiarity of the story and the powerful cast make it suitable for those who are new to the dance world. This staging allows the classic story to be rejuvenated and transformed into something new.

Lord of the Flies is being performed at the Wales Millennium Centre from 22nd-25th October, for more information, visit