A Teenage Rampage for Today; Tarantino-Esque: Elliott Quinn as Maurice in Pilot Theatre Company's Bloody Take on William Golding's Novel

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A Teenage Rampage for Today; Tarantino-Esque: Elliott Quinn as Maurice in Pilot Theatre Company's Bloody Take on William Golding's Novel


Byline: LIZ HOGGARD

ANYONE who's tried to drag a teenage boy to the theatre knows what an uphill task it can be. The productions that really resonate with the YouTube generation War Horse, Monkey, His Dark Materials tend to be a bold fusion of music, animation and live performance. With lots of gore.

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Pilot Theatre Company has revived its award-winning production of Lord of the Flies, Nigel Williams's interpretation of William Golding's classic novel.

A group of schoolboys are marooned on a deserted island after some unspecified nuclear event. Without adults or rules, their fragile sense of order begins to collapse. As their games take on a more sinister significance, this once well-behaved group of kids turns into a bloodthirsty, murderous tribe.

First published in 1955, Lord of the Flies remains the definitive account of descent into teen barbarism it is still referenced today by artists from Stephen King to U2, The Simpsons and Lost.

When Williams's stage version premiered in 1998, it was declared Tarantino-esque.

But, 10 years on, how will it stand up in an era of reality TV, where contestants are queuing up to be castaways? Will it still be as heartstoppingly terrifying? …

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