Pupils' inside story of Middle School thriller Lord of the Flies

Preparations for UCS’s Middle School Production of William Golding’s classic story, Lord of the Flies, are in full swing – with tickets still available for this must-see show.

In their rehearsals, the Middle School cast are enthusiastically practising fight choreography with makeshift spears; meanwhile, the Lund Theatre has been transformed into the apocalyptic landscape of a fallen plane, with a broken fuselage, collapsed aircraft seats and a huge wing now dominating the playing space.

Pupils Harry (Year 11) and Toby (Year 10) take a break from rehearsals to give the inside scoop on this thrilling Middle School Production.

What is the play about?

Harry: Lord of the Flies is about some schoolboys who get trapped on a desert island after a plane crash.

Toby: And then they split into two groups – one group want to find a way off the island while the other group become more feral and seek to dominate the island through survival of the fittest.

What can audiences expect from the production?

Harry: The set is amazing.

Toby: Yeah, and the sound design is terrifying, in a good way. It’s a well-known story with some excellent acting.

Who do you play?

Toby: I play Sam, one of the twins. We’re like a double act. We’re always on stage together and we finish each other’s…

Harry: …sentences. And I play Ralph. My character is one of the older characters in the play. He is voted chief at the start of the play but he quickly loses power as the group divide.

What’s the best thing about being involved in a Middle School Production?

Toby: Doing activities like this is a big part of being at UCS. Whether it is Music or Drama, it is a good way to meet people and is good fun.

Harry: It’s a really good opportunity to meet people in the school and it’s a fun way to spend time.

Why should people come and see Lord of the Flies?

Harry: It’s a really good, well written play.

Toby: Because it is great theatre!

What has been the best moment in rehearsal?

Toby: Rehearsing the rugby scene with a conch as a rugby ball!

Harry: Mine is rehearsing one of the big dramatic events in the play – but I don’t want to spoil it.

Lord of the Flies runs in the Lund Theatre from 14th–16th March (7pm). Tickets are available here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/universitycollegeschool

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