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The Lord of the Flies Play " Review

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The Lord of the Flies - Review The Lord of the Rings is an amazingly detailed and structured piece of writing by William Golding which has been adapted to the theatre by Nigel Williams; who has portrayed it as an inspirational piece of literature which reveals the true darkness of human nature. Their use of the set was amazing, the way that they used the wreckage of the airplane to symbolise every inch of their island; they way the tail section pivoted and turned 360 degrees to become a fortress, a hill or the crevice of a cliff. Also, the way the cockpit was climbed over and stripped to pieces so they could make spears from the metal struts and tie the twins Sam and Eric up with the seatbelts. It was manipulated in different ways to achieve various effects; for example when a mountain scene was shown, the fire on top of the shelter was lit up and the movable part was facing towards the viewer with the highest point towards the audience. ...read more.

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did this with the utmost discretion and his facial expression didn't change even when his body impacted with the side of the plane (which must have hurt). The use of sound effects in the play was very effective, such as the waves and the drumming which was apparent throughout the play. This was used to create a haunted and eerie atmosphere and coupled with the singing at the start this was achieved. At the beginning of the play the actors are stood on different levels and sang to the audience; the vocal performance was exemplary, not failing to chill the audience and create a haunted and eerie atmosphere. This was a stark contrast of their progression into savagery and gave the viewer a screenshot of them before they turned evil and something to compare their behaviour to; the fact that they begin the uncanny and ethereal performance in such an angelic fashion causes the audience to feel even more uncomfortable when the subtle changes begin to creep into view. ...read more.

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This was very clever as the cast were able to quickly prepare for the next scene knowing that the viewer couldn't watch them, this was so much more effective than just shielding with a curtain as it was more realistic and built more tension, in addition it surprised the audience and was able to shock them into paying attention if some of them were becoming distracted, a very subtle but efficient technique. I thought a particularly effective sequence was the dancing, the fact that they seemed to dance for undeniably savage reasons such as the killing of the pig really highlighted their transformation from young and innocent school boys to ignorant savages. The fact that they paired the dancing with chanting of obscene phrases emphasised this conversion and allowed them to be seen in a completely different light. The dancing, although choreographed wasn't absolutely perfect which added an element of realism to it and made it seem much more realistic and spontaneous. In retrospect, the acting in The Lord of the Flies was amazing and all the techniques were used effectively to produce a well made production which I thoroughly enjoyed. ...read more.

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