Lord of the Flies Production Visit

Production Visit to Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies

Thursday 9 October 2014 – 12:30 – 18:00 at Sadler’s Wells, London
Register here by 1 October

Mathew Bourne's Lord of the FliesSadler’s Wells would like to invite Theatron colleagues to gain an insight into Matthew Bourne’s dance drama production Lord of the Flies, based on William Golding’s 1954 classic dystopian novel. In this production, the action is transferred from deserted island to deserted theatre, as a group of schoolboys find themselves abandoned. With no adults around, the children make their own rules and create their own civilisation, before order breaks down and the story builds to an electrifying climax.

Matthew Bourne originally created the show as a one-off in 2011 for Theatre Royal Glasgow. It was well-received and New Adventures was awarded a significant audience development grant from Arts Council England (over £1m) to remount the show and tour it to 13 UK cities during 2014. Sadler’s Wells is presenting the show on 8-12 October 2014. Bourne’s production is distinctive in that it features eight professional dancers plus a cast of 22 boys and young men aged 10-21 from the local region. A national network of 20 Dance Ambassadors have been set up to support the recruitment and the project will have worked with 10,000 boys and young men across the UK and played to audiences of 60,000. Other UK cities presenting the show and recruiting their own local casts include Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff, Plymouth, Birmingham, Canterbury, Norwich, Newcastle and Liverpool. The project has provided a distinctive opportunity for each venue to engage boys and young men in dance activity with an emphasis on attracting boys with varying degrees of dance experience. In London we worked with approximately 950 boys from across London from all backgrounds and parts of the city. We have two boys in the cast who have virtually no dance experience at all. The benefits have been wide-reaching in each city and legacy funding has been provided to support continued involvement in dance. We will be inviting representatives from other UK cities to discuss the impact the project has had in their region. The show is available for international touring in the future with the opportunity and a key aspect is the engagement project to recruit a local cast and support the development of dance opportunities for boys and young men in each area.

 Production Visit Schedule

Thursday 9 October 2014

12.30   Welcome and Production insight to include:

  • Introduction to the project including aims, structure, evaluation, outcomes
  • Engaging boys in dance/arts activities – discussion about barriers to attendance for boys
  • Challenges and opportunities of recruiting a local cast
  • Legacy and impact on local communities

14.30 Lord of the Flies performance (2 hours including 1 interval)

16:30 Meet New Adventures creative team, cast and Dance Ambassadors

18:00 Production visit ends

Practical Information


Register online by 1 October via: http://www.theatron-network.eu/event-registration-form/


Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, Islington, London EC1R 4TN

Nearest tube: Angel (Northern Line). 5 minutes walk. One stop from Kings Cross St Pancras International

Hotel Recommendations:

Jurys Inn, Islington Hotel
60 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9LA

Special Sadler’s Wells rate available. £128 including breakfast (usually £165). Only bookable via Sadler’s Wells. Please contact Fiona at Sadler’s Wells with your name and nights you wish to stay and she will check availability/make a reservation for you.

Tel: +44 20 7282 5500


Comfort Inn
2-5 Chad’s Street, King’s Cross, London, WC1H 8BD

£128 including breakfast

Tel:+44 (0) 20 7837 1940    Website: www.comfortinnkingscross.co.uk/

Distance from King’s Cross St Pancras International: 2 min walk
Distance to Sadler’s Wells: 20 min walk/one stop by tube/10 min bus

Theatron Network – Engaging New Audiences © 2017 All Rights Reserved

The Theatron Website is administered by the DaVinci Institute (www.davinci-institute.eu)

Designed by WPSHOWER

Powered by WordPress