The Malta Independent 20 August 2019, Tuesday

Teatru Manoel Youth Theatre presents Lord of the Flies

Thursday, 11 April 2019, 15:48 Last update: about 5 months ago

Teatru Manoel Youth Theatre is proud to present Lord of the Flies by Nobel Prize winner William Golding.

The classic novel, a potent allegory about the loss of innocence and the decline of civilization, is brought to dramatic life in Nigel Williams' adaptation.

A plane crashes on a deserted island. The only survivors are a group of young adults. By day, it's a tropical paradise of sun and sea; but each night, their dreams are inhabited by a terrifying beast. From the comforts of their suburban lives, this well-behaved group turns into a bloodthirsty and murderous tribe. Myth and naturalism combine in a dynamic exploration of power, democracy, and the struggle between the good and evil within us all.

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Lord of the Flies raises many issues central to the lives of today's adolescents - peer pressure, bullying, gang rivalry - in its depiction of reason verses chaos. A timeless piece of work following the central theme of the journey from teen to adulthood, William Golding described writing his novel as 'like lamenting the lost childhood of the world'.

Ian Moore, tutor of this season’s TMYT group, is the director of this production. He says, “The group, originally all young boys in the original, is now a mixed gender group of young adults. This in itself has dictated other conceptual decisions as it raises gender-specific questions, something the original doesn’t contend with. In revisiting the original story with a mixed gender cast the opportunity also presented itself to explore deeper issues; that of conflict on and off the island, thus a decision was taken to set the piece in a contemporary world replacing the World war Two reference with that of War on Terror.

“The concept, at all times, remains true to the intent within the original work as we explore issues such as individualism versus community, man and woman versus nature, and the loss of innocence amongst other things.”

Lord of the Flies will be performed at Teatru Manoel, with performances for the public on Friday 12th April at 7:00pm, Saturday 13th April at 3:00pm and 7:00pm, and Sunday 14th April at 3:00pm and 7:00pm. Individuals who are interested in attending this work for youths by youths should get in touch with Teatru Manoel’s booking office via 21246389, or visit www.teatrumanoel.mt for more details.

 

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