Preparing for the Tour (Freddie Watkins)

Yossi Goodlink and Freddie Watkins.

Yossi Goodlink and Freddie Watkins

There’s going to be a wonderful variety of places we’ll be taking the play; some places will be well versed in theatre, others less so. Both of these audiences have their own creative appeal. The show has got masses of action in it, so I can’t wait to see how everyone receives it. I’m excited for the matinee shows because they’re packed with school kids

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Tech Week and Opening Night (Luke Ward-Wilkinson)

Wardrobe, backstage at Lord of the Flies

Wardrobe, backstage at Lord of the Flies

Walking into the auditorium for our first tech rehearsal was slightly surreal. There were aspects of the set that seemed familiar, but everything just seemed bigger and more detailed. At first it was enjoyable and exciting to finally be in the space, and to see how massive the place is from the perspective of the stage, but as the night rolled in, and the hours ticked by, the work became harder. There was no fluidity in the work we were doing; there was lots of stopping and starting. At one point I was

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Tech Week and Opening Night (Freddie Watkins)

Lord of the Flies set from back stage

Lord of the Flies set from backstage

Anything that brings something fresh to the text is welcome, and being let onto the stage did just that during the tech. I’ve mentioned before how we were lucky enough to rehearse on the broken up plane parts during rehearsals, but having the real set to rehearse on was a different level of immersion. It was great to see the fire actually start to catch, having sand underfoot, and smoke billowing across the stage during the hunt scenes. That being said, the pace of the technical syncing made

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Tech Week (Luke Ward-Wilkinson)

2011 Lord of the Flies Set

2011 Lord of the Flies Set. Photo: Johan Persson

So it’s Tech Week at Regent’s Park for Lord of the Flies. Here are some of the questions I’ve been getting asked as opening night fast approaches.

Q. Was it a satisfying feeling running the play in rehearsals for the first time?
A. It wasn’t so much a satisfying feeling, but more a sigh of relief. The show isn’t just a straight forward piece of naturalism, it entails: intense movement sequences, stark expressionist devices, and specific choreography and blocking

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Third Week of Rehearsals (Freddie Watkins)

Lord of the Flies. 2011 Cast. Photo: Johan Persson

Lord of the Flies. 2011 Cast. Photo: Johan Persson

So we’ve run through the play completely now, and we are just dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s. We’ve staged it all, including the dance segments and choreography; it’s refreshing to have that in the bag. We now know exactly where we need to be on stage; therefore we’re able to find an extra layer of liberty to really play around with what we’re doing, and who we’re listening to. 

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Discovering Ralph (Luke Ward-Wilkinson)

Luke Ward-Wilkinson as Ralph. Photo Helen Maybanks

Luke Ward-Wilkinson as Ralph. Photo Helen Maybanks

Q. What is Ralph like as a character?

A. For me Ralph represents everything Jack does not. He’s the perfect, happy, confident boy that comes from a loving family and a good background. He’s smart, he’s funny, he’s confident and he carries all the traits of his doting father, a high ranking officer in the Navy. Leadership comes naturally to him. He doesn’t try to exert authority; it’s born more organically out of his personality. He exudes a confidence that makes him the

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