Lord of the Flies : adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams, Paperback Book

Lord of the Flies : adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams Paperback

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Playwright and novelist Nigel Williams's stage adaptation of William Golding's story was first professionally produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon in July 1995. 'Remarkably true to the novel in spirit . . . the theatre lends itself particularly well to the ritualistic aspects of the story - chanting, dancing, marching, forming a circle round the victim, stamping out a fire . . . You end up feeling you have seen a fable of infinite implications enacted in a little room.' Sunday TelegraphThis special acting edition, particularly suitable for schools and amateur groups, contains the full playtext as well as notes on staging, a full properties list and lighting and sound cues.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
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  • ISBN: 9780571160563



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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.

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