AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE OF LORD OF THE FLIES
9 August 2016
Arts Centre Melbourne and Bank of Melbourne present in partnership with Matthew Bourne's New Adventures & Re:Bourne
Lord of the Flies
An Australian premiere exclusive to Melbourne.
William Golding’s classic novel, Lord of the Flies has been transformed into a chilling, beautiful and hugely entertaining new production by Sir Matthew Bourne’s (OBE) New Adventures & Re:Bourne (Edward Scissorhands and the famous Swan Lake with its menacing all-male ensemble).
Golding’s legendary characters are brought to life with raw physicality, emotional intensity and breathtaking performances by a cast of New Adventures professional dancers and remarkable young talent from across Victoria.
The action is transferred from deserted island to deserted theatre as a group of schoolboys find themselves abandoned. With no adults around they start to make their own rules and create their own civilisation, before order breaks down and the story builds to an electrifying climax.
Following an outreach program across Victoria, up to 24 boys and young men will be invited to take up residence at Arts Centre Melbourne to join the ground-breaking professional production. A unique opportunity for Victorian-based young men and boys to work with both Australian and international professional dancers, choreographers and designers, the ambitions of this production are to change perception of dance as an activity for boys and young men, nurture young people and help discover the next generation of dancers and choreographers.
“All of us at New Adventures and Re:Bourne are absolutely delighted that Arts Centre Melbourne will host the first international presentation of Lord of the Flies. Everyone at the Arts Centre has firmly embraced the values of this project and we are proud and honoured to have forged this unique international collaboration.” said Sir Matthew Bourne.
“We are so delighted to be working with Sir Matthew Bourne’s team on this highly-acclaimed production, bringing to life through dance William Golding’s influential work that has made, and continues to make, such an impact on many. This an extraordinary opportunity for Victorian young boys and men, many of whom will come from backgrounds or circumstances where pathways to mainstage performance are very limited, to take part in something truly remarkable” said Claire Spencer, CEO, Arts Centre Melbourne.
DATES 5 – 9 April 2017
Wednesday 5 April, 7pm
Thursday 6 April, 7pm
Friday 7 April, 7pm
Saturday 8 April, 2pm
Saturday 8 April, 7pm
Sunday 9 April, 3pm
VENUE - State Theatre
By Phone: 1300 182 183
Online: CLICK HERE