Lord of the Flies
A thrilling dance production based on William Golding’s classic novel. Adapted and directed by Matthew Bourne and Scott Ambler.
The action is transferred from deserted island to deserted theatre. 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.
Golding’s legendary characters are brought to life with raw energy, emotional intensity and breath-taking performances. Chilling, beautiful and hugely entertaining, Lord of the Flies has inspired a generation of new dancers.
New Adventures’ adaptation of Lord of the Flies is a dance theatre production with huge ambition in terms of the complexity and impact. First performed in 2011 at Theatre Royal Glasgow, the production brought together a cast comprising of eight professional dancers from New Adventures and fifteen boys and young men from Glasgow with no professional dance experience.
In 2014, a successful bid to Arts Council England for a strategic touring grant made a 13 venue, national tour possible, reaching over 8,000 boys across the UK in Lord of the Flies workshops. In each city, local casts were brought onboard with the goal to put on a show which lived up to New Adventures’ world class reputation in every respect but which also encouraged and enabled more boys to experience participation in dance, often for the very first time.
Choreographed by Olivier Award-nominated Scott Ambler, set and costume design by Olivier Award-winner Lez Brotherston, music by Terry Davies, lighting design by Chris Davey, sound design by Paul Groothuis, adapted and directed by Olivier and Tony award-winner Matthew Bourne and Scott Ambler. The production was staged in Melbourne by Associate Artistic Director, Etta Murfitt and Resident Director, Alan Vincent.
Watch Beastie, a short film which formed part of the inaugural production at Theatre Royal Glasgow in 2011.
All members of our 2014 Young Ensemble across the UK
Jatinder Singh Randhawa
Ben van Beelen
Hugo Van Fragstein
Our Lord of the Flies Ambassadors
Murilo Leite d'Imperio
The History of the Show
World Premiere: 2 March 2011 at Theatre Royal, Glasgow.
Following the success of the production's premiere in 2011 Lord of the Flies embarked on a UK tour in 2014, which brought together a cast of New Adventures dancers and remarkable young talent from across the UK. We visited over 13 cities and engaged over 8,000 young people in dance activity – many for the first time – and delivered 80 performances to some 75,000 audience members.
Following the success of our 2014 tour, the show had its international premiere at Arts Centre Melbourne, Australia in April 2017. New Adventures dancers were joined by a cast of six professional Australian dancers and young talent from across Victoria, Australia.
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Awards & Reviews
AUSTRALIAN DANCE AWARDS 2018
Patrick Weir as Simon in ‘Lord of the Flies’ nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer
Behind the Scenes
Changing Lives Through Dance
Bringing together a professional cast and local boys, Lord of the Flies is a unique New Adventures production for being the first time young people have shared the stage with company dancers on national stages.
In 2011, 15 boys with no professional dance experience were recruited from Glasgow and the surrounding areas to perform the first adaptation of Lord of the Flies by Matthew Bourne and Scott Ambler, in a project led by New Adventures and supported by Ambassador Theatre Group.
Following a successful bid to Arts Council England, a 2014 UK tour of 13 venues was made viable, comprising far more activity than the usual series of performances, including a national programme of workshops in schools, theatres and unexpected venues, including football stadiums and Pupil Referral Units, reaching thousands of boys and young men. Across the country, community dance artists were recruited as Dance Ambassadors for New Adventures, bringing with them local knowledge and expertise in engaging young people in dance.
Over 8,000 boys, coming from all kinds of backgrounds and neighbourhoods, spanning areas of high and low cultural engagement, took part in workshops with Dance Ambassadors. Over thirty percent of the boys asked said they had ‘never danced before’ and around 1 in 6 boys who engaged in the project said they had very little experience. Many of these boys were invited to be part of the young ensemble and perform in their home venue.
In 2017, 23 boys from across Victoria, Australia were chosen to form the Young Ensemble of Lord of the Flies at Arts Centre Melbourne through their community outreach programme, joining a cast of professional dancers from England and Australia.
Since its premier in 2011, Lord of the Flies has changed the way New Adventures work with young people, demonstrating that they thrive when given ambitious and adventurous opportunities and that young men across the country are hungry for creative engagement. Alumni from Lord of the Flies have gone on to train professionally in vocational dance schools including Rambert, Bird College and London Contemporary, progressing on to careers in professional companies and international tours such as Mamma Mia!, Dirty Dancing, Frantic Assembly and some returned to New Adventures to perform in Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet.
Lord of the Flies inspired a new generation of audiences and changed lives through dance.
Thomas Kerek, Young Cast (Aberdeen)