Lord Of The Stage
Written by Emily Morley-Davies.
"An out of control island adopts a more menacing tone in William Golding’s Lord of The Flies. The unnerving concept of a group of children getting stranded on an island with seemingly slim chances of rescue is taken up to a new level. Island survival compels them to divide themselves into one civilised group and one savage tribe, who will be seamlessly brought to life by a professionally passionate cast who appreciates the severity of the issues mocked in the play and work to highlight the cruelty of that behaviour. Though the cast in no way condones the mockery of disabilities of any kind, their vivid performance of inappropriate attitudes towards the conditions will impress you as much as it may disturb you.
With the intriguing concept of the production being as unsettling as it is thought-provoking, you will be made to question how the students involved can so accurately portray the savagery of Jack Merridew’s tribe, the possible psychosis of Roger, and the ascent to a precipice that appears to briefly overwhelm Simon when I can safely swear that they are all thankfully the complete opposite in real life. They are well adjusted civilised students who can attain that amazing level of skill in their art.
The dedication and achievement of the frankly fantastic cast may not surprise you if you have seen their work before, but I am sure you will never have seen them in such extreme roles as they merge their personalities into now. From seeing Mrs. Lovett’s disregard for humanity in a one hundred and eighty-degree turn to Eric’s terror to seeing Sir John Tremayne’s empathetic urge to help twisted into Roger’s complete enthusiasm over hunting and killing an animal, the acting range shown by this cast will astound you unless you are a rock and have no capacity to be amazed.
Of course, some members of the cast are relatively new to the world of acting but have observed it in other roles. Oli Cunliffe stars as the ever intriguing and somewhat philosophical and curious Simon Cambourne. Though Oli has worked as stage manager to ensure the easy running of other plays, his dive into what is only his second acting role has thrown him into the deep end only to see him surface and synchronise perfectly with the rest of the cast. Having acted in the role of Noah he is also already constructing a wide range of character personalities which shows his skill in theatre. His interpretation of Simon brings a new twist on the character that shows professional originality in creating his role. Having witnessed this firsthand in rehearsals I can guarantee you will be moved and blown away by his performance.
The dedication of the cast is matched only by the dedication of the two visionary directors supporting but not taking over the production. Mrs Keay and Mr. Lench are fulfilling the impossible task of perfecting a production as iconic as Lord of The Flies. Although their own ideas are original and nightmarishly true to the plot of Golding’s text, they have been willingly accepting the input of the cast and working to fit it into the play. This production can be guaranteed to gift and shock the audience with creative twists, innovative character interpretations, profoundly adept cast members, and acting that, like with each play that the performers at NULS have granted everyone before, will make you question if the actors are really as young as they are.
So as with every other play, if not more so with this one, I can safely and passionately assure you that there is quite literally no reason not to experience this production. So get your tickets and wait to be escorted to the island to live it."