Edinburgh and playing Piggy (Anthony Roberts)

LORD OF THE FLIES by Golding, , Author - William Golding, Director - Timothy Sheader, Co-Director - Liam Steel, Designer - Jon Bausor, New Victoria Theatre, Woking, UK, Credit: Johan Persson - www.perssonphotography.com /

Anthony Roberts as Piggy in the UK Tour of Lord of the Flies

Hello theatre goers and Lord of the Flies enthusiasts alike. My name is Anthony Roberts and I’m currently playing Piggy on tour. This week’s stop is Edinburgh, arguably one of the most beautiful cities on the tour. So far it’s been a delight here. The air is fresher, the architecture is stunning and the people seem lovely.

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My homecoming – Luke Ward-Wilkinson

Cambridge Box Office

So the tour continues and already we’ve been to some remarkable places like Belfast where the theatre was beautiful and the audiences were amazing, to Southampton where I lived on a boat for a week, but this week is by far the most special as it’s my very own homecoming. Cambridge is my hometown and for the week I’m moving back in with my family. I should probably mention that I’m bringing Freddie, Anthony and Dylan to stay too.

Coming back to Cambridge has been a most peculiar feeling, filled with nostalgia and

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Me, Henry and Southampton (Dylan Llewellyn)

Dylan Llewellyn

My name is Dylan Llewellyn and I play Henry. I’ve had a lot of fun playing Henry; he’s very naive but loves his banter with everyone. He has some very funny lines like “there’s no 3G!” and “great banter”. Henry and Maurice (played by Michael Ajao)are the clowns of the group – but also the sheep. They follow whoever is the most exciting and strongest leader. I’m really enjoying my time on tour so far. It’s probably one of the most physical plays I’ve done so I feel very fit, which is good.

I can’t wait to perform at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton this week because it’s exciting to know that we’ll be just a 30 minute drive from Salisbury where William Golding taught at the Bishop Wordworth’s School, and where he wrote Lord of the Flies. So it’ll be very interesting to pay a visit to where it all started.

Taking Lord of the Flies indoors (Luke Ward-Wilkinson)

I was very dubious at first when it came to taking the show indoors, more so because of the set. Our set is not your average touring set, it’s absolutely massive. To transfigure from the freedom of Regent’s Park to the captive nature of an indoor theatre was something I just couldn’t get my head around. I couldn’t see how they could maintain the beauty and the scale of the Open Air Theatre. That was, of course, before I entered the New Victoria Theatre in Woking and discovered that it is exactly what Jon Bausor (Designer) has achieved. The “island”, maintains the depth and vastness that was created at Regent’s Park; the cleverly positioned gauze and lighting, together

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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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