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Lord of the Flies, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
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rakspatel wrote in mycroft_brolly


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I saw this yesterday and it was excellent. The production captured perfectly the tipping point when civilisation breaks down and humanity descends into savagery. All the young actors are outstanding and the set quite took my break away. Mega congratulations to the Artistic Director Timothy Sheader, who is nothing short of a genius. He won an Olivier for Into The Woods (I loved that production to pieces too!).

Lord of the Flies will always have a special place in my heart. My English teacher Mike Birks taught it to me and it was the book where he finally broke down my defences and got me to speak up. For years he had been saying that I had the intellect but that was wasted as I was reticent in class. Anyway, with this book I finally exploded all over the classroom, and Mr Birks could not shut me up after this!

At the time, I championed Jack's cause, because he was a leader, he was a winner, and he was strong. However, a very wise person told me just last week that life is not about winning, it is about doing the right thing. I now agree with this view. Therefore, my allegiance has now transferred across to Ralph and Piggy. They were making a stand, trying to do what was right, and trying to hold together the vestiges of civilisation. Yes Jack had all the winning cards but he was a savage and he led through brute strength. Doing the right thing and integrity is paramount and so I am now championing Ralph not Jack!

For more details follow the link:
http://www.openairtheatre.org/production/lordoftheflies

Here is a great review:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/theatre-reviews/8539711/Lord-of-the-Flies-Open-Air-Theatre-Regents-Park-review.html

It closes on Saturday 18 June so get your tickets in now!

Buy the book here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lord-Flies-William-Golding/dp/0571191479/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1306840818&sr=1-1
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lord-Flies-William-Golding/dp/0571273572/ref=sr_1_13?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1306840899&sr=1-13
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It's funny, but contrary to your happy experience, I absolutely loathed this book at school! I actually thought about reading it again recently, when I realised that William Golding had written the trilogy of novels upon which the brilliant adaptation To the Ends of the Earth starring BC was based... but I didn't. I can't think of any other book from school that I feel such antipathy towards, nor can I even explain why. Maybe I just don't like wild boys running around! I am of course very glad that your response to the book was so very much more positive than my own, and that you enjoyed this dramatised version. :-))

The Arts is a very personal thing - so one person's excellent theatre, film or literature experience is another person's nightmare.

One example for me is After the Dance which was loved by critics and won a few Oliviers too. I saw it and just did not get it, so it wasn't for me. But I was the lone voice!

Off the back of this, I am going to reread Lord of the Flies - it might not stand up to scrutiny! As I said, the reason the book is special to me is because it gave me a voice - something I had not used before, and something I have never stopped using since!

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