Writer Becky Weaver was given a sneak preview of all-time classic Lord of the Flies at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre before it heads to the Birmingham REP this November. See what to expect with her review below.
It's very rare a production will have you laughing, sat on the edge of your seat from sheer tension and hiding behind your coat all in one go.
If anything was ever going achieve all that it had to be William Golding's Lord of the Flies.
The production has its audience gripped from the moment they take their seat - and Jon Bausor's incredible set design doesn't fail to impress. A Boeing 707 has crashed right into the stage, clothes scattered in trees, suitcases sprawled all over the sandy stage creating platforms for the boys - a disturbing concept for the audience as those exact planes soared over their heads throughout the production.
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You wouldn't expect any less from Bausor, who designed the incredible opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games.
The production has been brought forward into the 21st century as words like 'banter' are spoken by the boys upon the first gathering - at one point, they even take a selfie with the ever so popular selfie stick. But when it came down to the dark decent of hunting the pig and discovering the beasty, the young actors got the job done.
There is, in fact, not a single young actor who took to the stage who doesn't deserve buckets of praise.
Both Luke Ward-Wilkinson (Ralph) and Freddie Watkins (Jack) embraced their roles with full force and didn't hold back with their brutal performances.
But particular attention must be paid to Piggy, played by Anthony Roberts, who wins the audience over with ease.
The terrifying thing is that quite quickly you come to terms with how realistic the whole situation is, you see how people can turn against one another so quickly - even a young boy. There is no holding back when it comes to the horrifying murders, the slow motion effects and choir music only add to sinister, catastrophic situation that is unfolding right before your eyes.
- Lord of the Flies is a triumph and an unmissable production that heads to Birmingham REP on its UK tour November 3 to 7
By Becky Weaver