Lord of the Flies : Adapted for the Stage by Nigel Williams Play Paperback
A dramatization, suitable for schools and amateur dramatic groups, of Golding's bestselling novel.
The book contains notes and diagrams for staging, including lighting and sound cues and a full properties list.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 144 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 19/02/1996
- Category: Plays, playscripts
- ISBN: 9780571160563
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Review by TuesdayNovember
Nigel Williams' acting edition of Lord of the Flies is passable. It's not an exellent rendition, many things are missing, though that is understandable in cutting down a sizeable book into a play of reasonable length. Unfortunately, in this rendition, many things were changed. We have, for example, the complete lack of the scene where Jack's hunters let the fire out. Simon and Maurice are given last names, and Percival's mention of his name seems ridiculously out-of-place. "Percival: we were sent because of the bombs, weren't we?Ralph: Yes. now-Percival: my name is Percival Wemys Madison..."We also have smaller things, like Roger not being part of Jack's choir. The play also seemed to move too quickly. By the end of the first act, Jack and Ralph, who had been friends, are fighting. This isn't unlike the book, but in the play there is little to demonstrate the passage of time.I suppose the rendition isn't terrible. Actually, putting aside the differences, it's not really too bad.