Sherman Theatre is delighted to announce the cast for Lord of the Flies, a new co-production with Theatr Clwyd, playing in Mold from 20 Sept – 13 Oct and Cardiff from 17 Oct – 3 Nov. This new production is a bold and contemporary staging of William Golding’s novel adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams, and directed by Emma Jordan.
On a remote island, a new society is being created. A group of evacuated school children have crash landed. There are no adults to tell them what to do. They’ve ripped up the rule book and are starting all over again. But it’s not long before their utopia descends into a nightmarish hell.
A strong cast including many Welsh / Wales-based actors take on the fascinating characters from the classic text. Welsh actor Kate Lamb (Call the Midwife, BBC1) plays Jack, Lola Adaja makes her professional stage debut as Ralph, Hannah Boyce (The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, Criterion Theatre) has been cast as Roger and Gina Fillingham (The Oresteia, HOME Manchester) plays Piggy. They are joined by Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama graduates Olivia Marcus and Laura Singleton who play Simon and Henry respectively, Lowri Hamer is cast as Percyval; another RWCMD graduate Mari Izzard and her twin sister Lowri star as twins Eric and Sam; Leah Walker plays Maurice; and Matthew Bulgo most recently seen at Sherman Theatre in Rachel O’Riordan’s production of The Cherry Orchard, has been cast as a Naval Officer.
Directed by award-winning Northern Irish director Emma Jordan (Artistic Director, Prime Cut) this new production is set in a terrifying dystopian future. She has said “I am delighted to be joining the teams at Theatr Clwyd and Sherman Theatre for their co-production of Golding's masterwork, Lord of the Flies. Like many, it was a formative influence in my youth and it’s wonderful to revisit it most especially in our re-imagining of the story from a female perspective. The exploration of humanity at the heart of the novel holds up remarkably well and our contemporary take on the play reflects a lot on the fractured and frightening world we are inhabiting in 2018. We will be exploring the play in view of what unites us in our humanity and what might delineate us in our gender perspective. I am so looking forward to working with an amazing company of actors and creatives to create a production which will be provocative exciting and horrifying in equal measure.” Sherman Theatre audiences may remember Emma’s work from Prime Cut’s Scorch which toured to the venue in 2016.
A stellar creative team has been assembled for this production: Designer James Perkins; Lighting Designer Tim Mascall; Composer & Sound Designer Philip Stewart; Movement Director Liz Ranken; Fight Director: Bethan Clark of RC-Annie Ltd; and joining the team from the JMK / Sherman Theatre Directors Group, Jesse Briton takes on the role of Assistant Director.
Lord of the Flies follows 2017’s hugely successful run of Rachel O’Riordan’s The Cherry Orchard by Gary Owen, and Conor McPherson’s The Weir in 2016 as the Main Stage Autumn Drama highlight of the year.