Matthew Bourne seems set to continue his exploration of the darker side of ballet and dance with his new production premiering in Glasgow at the Theatre Royal this week. In a unique collaboration with the Theatre Royal Glasgow, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures returns with a powerful new dance theatre adaptation based on the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding. The production opens at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow on 2nd March 2011, a significant year, marking the Centenary of William Golding’s birth.
In this new dance adaptation the action is transferred from deserted island to deserted theatre. A group of schoolboys find themselves abandoned. With no adults around they start to create their own rules and to build their own civilization. As time passes, the rituals become more disturbing as dark superstitions take hold. Order finally breaks down and blood is spilt as Ralph, Piggy, Jack and the boys grapple with the ‘beast within’ and the story builds to its thrilling climax. Sounds good to me.
New Adventures’ Lord of the Flies looks set to follow the phenomenal success of Bourne’s other ‘dark’ ballets: his all-male Swan Lake, in which much of the stylistic inspiration came from the Alfred Hitchcock film ‘The Birds’; Nutcracker! – set in a Victorian orphanage where the children are allowed a dead Christmas tree by way of festive décor; Edward Scissorhands, his adaptation of Tim Burton’s witty gothic fairytale, set to the haunting music of Danny Elfman; and Dorian Gray, his fast and frenetic version of Oscar Wilde’s gothic fable.
In addition to his work with New Adventures, Matthew Bourne’s directing and choreography credits also include the recent West End smash hits Oliver! and Mary Poppins, both of which he injected with a healthy dose of darkness – the scene in which the toys come alive in Mary Poppins carries a warning with it and is really scary!
Lord of the Flies runs at the Theatre Royal Glasgow from 2-5 March, and was produced in collaboration with Creative Scotland which also funded the creative venture:
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