'In this way I shall preserve many things that would otherwise be lost in oblivion. I shall find daily employment for myself, which will save me from indolence and help to keep off the spleen, and I shall lay up a store of entertainment for my after life.'

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This blog mainly contains reviews from the Edinburgh Festivals from 2008 to 2010 which I wrote for the Edinburgh Festivals Magazine. These reviews cover everything from comedy to contemporary dance; children's theatre to Handel.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Lord of the Flies Review

Lord of the Flies

William Golding’s novel about a group of boys crash landing onto a desert island and subsequently descending into a state of savagery, is a disconcerting look into human nature and the origins of society.

The Beacon Theatre Group makes this tale all the more convincing through some excellent acting by a cast of young actors. The lead characters of Jack, Roger Piggy, and Ralph are all well cast, with each providing a strong performance. Even during the applause at the end of the show, Jack seemed to remain very much the dominant and overbearing figure of the group. A coherent marshalling of the often crowded stage also adds to the polished adaptation of Golding’s novel.

While not adding anything new to the novel, this adaptation is nonetheless a solid take on Golding’s work, with some commendable acting.

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