The Mayflower Southampton welcomes William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies”, brought to the stage by Nigel Williams from the 29th September – 3rd October 2015. The Southampton Guide team had the pleasure of reviewing it.

If you’re unfamiliar with Lord of the Flies, this play tells the story of a plane crash in which several school boys survive to become stranded on a deserted island. Starting with excitement of the prospect of their care-free new life whilst they wait for rescue, this soon takes a dark turn as their minds begin to play tricks and they begin to turn against each other.

This performance at the Mayflower was a real triumph in showing what can be achieved with one set and a handful of cast.

The set based around the end of the broken up plane never changed throughout the performance, but the clever use of lighting, sound and the casts ability to have you believing they were in different parts of the island whilst stood next to each other was truly remarkable.

Divided into two groups the school boys worked around each other and the set so cleverly that you believed one was up the top of a mountain whilst the other still stranded on the beach.

A humorous start to the play had the audience joyfully laughing, until the play takes a dark twist and silence fell as the audience were glued to their seats in suspense. The use of slow-motion during some of the more intense scenes really had you on the edge of your seat.

The cast was full of strong actors that brought the play to life and had you fully engaged throughout the whole performance.

A must-see show at the Mayflower Southampton, tickets available until the 3rd October.