“It’s an allegory about the heart of man, and the choices mankind might make in extreme situations.”
Timothy Sheader, Artistic Director of The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, discusses his interpretation of William Golding’s epic tale about a group of schoolboys stranded on an uninhabited island after a plane crash. He also provides invaluable insight into his decision and creative process for bringing Lord of the Flies to the Open Air Theatre in 2015.
Sheader explores the novel through the prism of the nature vs nurture debate, analysing how Piggy and Ralph’s separate upbringings impact their actions in the text, and highlights the importance of having flawed but relatable characters. He also reflects on the challenges and opportunities of adapting the play for the outdoors and how this influenced the set design and scene changes.