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Just stumbled across this on the New Adventures website:

 

http://www.new-adventures.net/rebourne/lord_of_the_flies

 

THE THEATRE ROYAL GLASGOW IS DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE AN EXCITING NEW COLLABORATION WITH MATTHEW BOURNE’S NEW ADVENTURES

 

LORD OF THE FLIES

A New Adventures Production by arrangement with Glasgow Theatres and Re:Bourne


In a unique collaboration with the Theatre Royal Glasgow, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures returns with a powerful new dance theatre adaptation based on the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding. The production opens at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow on 2nd March 2011, a significant year, marking the Centenary of William Golding’s birth.

 

Ambassador Theatre Group’s Joint Chief Executive, Rosemary Squire said: “Being involved in a process that brings together the Theatre Royal’s Creative Learning team and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures to create a brand new and unique piece of theatre is hugely exciting, especially as this is only the third adaptation the Lord of the Flies in its 56 year history. Matthew Bourne is an extraordinary choreographer and his involvement in creating a new production heralds a truly extraordinary period for the Theatre Royal, the participants and the dance community at large”.

 

The production is the culmination of a year-long collaboration which began when Glasgow Theatres was awarded £265,905 in 2009 by Creative Scotland as part of a £2.5million National Lottery Inspire Fund. Spearheaded by Glasgow Theatres’ Creative Learning team and working in partnership with New Adventures, Re:Bourne and West Dunbartonshire Council, the project brings together professional artists with local boys and young men. Combining dance and film media the young people have worked alongside New Adventures dance artists as part of a thrilling new production of Lord of the Flies.

 

Anita Clark, Portfolio Manager, Creative Scotland said: ‘Glasgow Theatres’ collaboration with choreographer Matthew Bourne and his company New Adventures is truly inspirational. Matthew’s choreography has been hugely influential in exciting audiences across the globe about dance. Lord of the Flies creates a brilliant opportunity for young people from West Dunbartonshire to develop skills as performers and to be part of such an ambitious new production. Creative Scotland’s investment is aimed at more, better and wider opportunities to participate in the arts. We can’t wait to see the show in March!’

 

Sandra Love from the West Dunbartonshire Council’s Department of Educational Services said “We are extremely excited to be able to work in partnership with Glasgow Theatre’s Ltd Creative Learning Department. The opportunity for our young people to participate with such professionals will be a boost to their self-esteem, stimulate latent talent and motivate them to greater personal achievement.”

 

In this new dance adaptation the action is transferred from deserted island to deserted theatre. A group of schoolboys find themselves abandoned. With no adults around they start to create their own rules and to build their own civilization. As time passes, the rituals become more disturbing as dark superstitions take hold. Order finally breaks down and blood is spilt as Ralph, Piggy, Jack and the boys grapple with the ‘beast within’ and the story builds to its thrilling climax.

 

With a cast of New Adventures dancers and local young people, Golding’s iconic characters are brought to life with raw energy, emotional intensity and electrifying performances. Chilling, beautiful and hugely entertaining, the piece will enthral die-hard Bourne fans as much as a generation of new audiences.

 

Matthew Bourne said. “We have built up an excellent relationship with Ambassador Theatre Group and Scottish audiences over a number of years. We are delighted to have been chosen by Glasgow Theatres’, and then funded by Creative Scotland to initiate this unprecedented dance project in Glasgow. To combine the talents of professional dancers and promising young local talent to create an original production, using all of New Adventures world class creative team, is surely unique? This will be the first major initiative for my charity Re:Bourne, whose principal aim is to expand the accessibility and understanding of dance/theatre and to encourage widespread participation in dance both as participants and audience members. I am particularly happy that this project is aimed at young men and will help to lift the stigma that is still sometimes attached to their involvement in dance. New Adventures is grateful to everyone who has helped to make this ambitious project a reality”.

 

New Adventures’ Lord of the Flies follows the phenomenal success of Swan Lake, Nutcracker!, The Car Man, and Edward Scissorhands. Matthew Bourne’s directing and choreography credits also include the West end smash hits Oliver! and Mary Poppins.

Lord of the Flies is devised and directed by Matthew Bourne, co-directed and choreographed by Scott Ambler. Music is by Terry Davies and costume design by Lez Brotherston. Film created by Alan Stockdale with Lighting designed by Chris Davey with sound design by Paul Groothuis.

 

 

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Matthew Bourne mentioned this project in passing at the post-performance talk I attended recently but there was nothing he could definitely tell us about performance dates at the time.  I assume this production will be touring.

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Matthew mentioned the project at the post-performance talk in Liverpool a couple of weeks ago.  It sounded as though it is due to be touring in 2014 (around ATG theatres?).  A member of the ATG personnel at the talk said it should be in Liverpool next Spring.

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News of the 2014 tour of Lord of the Flies has appeared on the New Adventures website today:

 

http://www.new-adventures.net/latest_news/lord_of_the_flies_2014_uk_tour_announced

 

The production is touring extensively from Spring to Autumn next year, opening at The Lowry in April.

 



New Adventures and Re:Bourne are delighted to announce a national tour of a thrilling new production of LORD OF THE FLIES, choreographed by Olivier nominated Scott Ambler, adapted and directed by Matthew Bourne and Scott Ambler, based on the classic novel by William Golding. LORD OF THE FLIES will open at the Lowry Theatre, Salford on 2 April 2014.

 

LORD OF THE FLIES 2014 TOUR SCHEDULE:

2 - 5 APRIL - SALFORD, LOWRY THEATRE
30 APRIL - 3 MAY - PLYMOUTH THEATRE ROYAL
14 - 17 MAY - BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME
28 - 31 MAY - INVERNESS EDEN COURT
11 - 14 JUNE - GLASGOW THEATRE ROYAL
27 - 30 AUGUST - ABERDEEN HIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE 
10 - 13 SEPTEMBER - LIVERPOOL EMPIRE
24 - 27 SEPTEMBER - CANTERBURY MARLOWE THEATRE
8 - 11 OCTOBER - SADLER’S WELLS
22 - 25 OCTOBER - WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF
5 - 8 NOVEMBER - NEWCASTLE THEATRE ROYAL
19 - 22 NOVEMBER - NORWICH THEATRE ROYAL
3 - 6 DECEMBER - BRADFORD ALHAMBRA



 

The action is transferred from deserted island to deserted theatre. A group of schoolboys find themselves abandoned. With no adults around they start to make their own rules and create their own civilisation, before order breaks down and the story builds to an electrifying climax.

With a cast of New Adventures dancers and remarkable young talent, chosen from each region, Golding’s legendary characters Ralph, Piggy, Jack and the boys will be brought to life with raw energy and emotional intensity.

 

Devised and directed by Olivier and Tony award winner Matthew Bourne, choreographed by Olivier nominated Scott Ambler and featuring set and costume design by Olivier Award-winner Lez Brotherston , music by Terry Davies, lighting design by Chris Davey and sound design by Paul Groothuis.

 

This production is supported by Arts Council England, the Arts Council of Wales in addition to other major trusts and donors. Originally commissioned by Glasgow Theatres, part of Ambassador Theatre Group.

 

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- See more at: http://www.new-adventures.net/latest_news/lord_of_the_flies_2014_uk_tour_announced#sthash.InOizfmY.dpuf

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The principal casting for Lord of the Flies has been announced:

 

http://www.new-adventures.net/latest_news/principal_casting_announced_for_lord_of_the_flies

 

NEW ADVENTURES AND RE:BOURNE

ANNOUNCE CASTING FOR THE

NATIONAL TOUR OF

“LORD OF THE FLIES”

CHOREOGRAPHED BY SCOTT AMBLER

ADAPTED AND DIRECTED BY MATTHEW BOURNE

AND SCOTT AMBLER
BASED ON THE NOVEL BY WILLIAM GOLDING

 

LONDON DATES ANNOUNCED AT SADLER’S WELLS AND NOW ON SALE!

 

New Adventures and Re:Bourne are delighted to announce casting for the forthcoming national tour of a thrilling new large-scale dance spectacular production of LORD OF THE FLIES, choreographed by Olivier nominated Scott Ambler, adapted and directed by Matthew Bourne and Scott Ambler, based on the classic novel by William Golding. The run at Sadler’s Wells is also now on sale. LORD OF THE FLIES will open at the Lowry Theatre, Salford on 2 April 2014. Full tour schedule and details attached. www.new-adventures.net/lordoftheflies

 

LORD OF THE FLIES is a rare and distinctive collaboration that brings together professional dancers with young people, many of whom who have never danced before. The success of the production is mutually reliant on a unique partnership between some of the UK’s most exceptional dance talent alongside local people chosen from each city and region the show visits.

 

The professional company includes New Adventures dancers Sam Archer as ‘Maurice’, Luke Murphy as ‘Sam’, Dominic North as ‘Ralph’, Sam Plant as ‘Piggy’,  Alastair Postlethwaite as ‘Eric’, Danny Reubens as ‘Jack’ and Dan Wright as ‘Roger’. Making their New Adventures debut’s in this production will be Layton Williams as ‘Simon’ and Jack Hazelton. The young people cast in the production will be unique to every region and will be announced for each individual venue shortly.

 

 Sam Archer (MAURICE) created the role of Edward Scissorhands for New Adventures, The Pilot in the 2010 revival of Cinderella and most recently played The Prince in Swan Lake in the sell-out season at Sadler’s Wells this Christmas. He is also an accomplished Musical Theatre performer (Mary Poppins, Oklahoma!).

 

 Luke Murphy (SAM) recently returned from New Adventures 10 week USA tour of Sleeping Beauty in which he played four different roles. He has also appeared in The Car Man,  Nutcracker! and the original cast of Edward Scissorhands

 

 Dominic North (RALPH) has performed in more New Adventures productions than any other dancer and most recently created the role of Leo in Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty (a role he re-created on BBC TV on Christmas Day last year). He originated the role of Ralph in Glasgow in 2010.

 

 Sam Plant (PIGGY) created this role in the original production. He has also appeared in Swan Lake, Edward Scissorhands and Nutcracker!

 

 Alastair Postlethwaite (ERIC) Alastair was most recently seen New Adventures’s 2012 revival of Play Without Words. He has also appeared in Swan Lake and Nutcracker! He was also featured in the BBC series as a finalist in So You Think You Can Dance

 

 Danny Reubens (JACK) Most recently seen as Count Aubrey in Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, Danny has also performed in Nutcracker!, Edward Scissorhands and Swan Lake.

 

 Dan Wright (ROGER) was most recently seen as the evil Dr Dross in New Adventures’ Nutcracker! He has also been seen in The Car Man and as the creepy brother, Vernon in Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella

 

 Layton Williams (SIMON) made his professional stage debut as the title role in the West End hit musical “Billy Elliot”, the first mixed race actor to do so. He has since appeared on TV in two series of BBC2’s “Beautiful People” and can currently be seen as ‘Stephen Carmichael’ in Jack Whitehall’s hit BBC comedy “Bad Education”.

 

 Jack Hazelton makes his professional debut with New Adventures having recently graduated from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.

 

MATTHEW BOURNE said today “Lord of the Flies is a project never before mounted on the large-scale. This unique collaboration between my production company, New Adventures, and charity, Re:Bourne will enable thousands of young people and their families across the country to experience dance at close hand, and for many, for the very first time. I am delighted also to welcome Layton and Jack to the New Adventures family. They will be joining an outstanding company of dancers from the New Adventures company who will inspire and nurture the young casts in each of our thirteen participating cities. I look forward to an exciting, and for some, life-changing year ahead”.

 

The action is transferred from deserted island to deserted theatre. A group of schoolboys find themselves abandoned. With no adults around they start to make their own rules and create their own civilisation, before order breaks down and the story builds to an electrifying climax.

Golding’s legendary characters Ralph, Piggy, Jack and the boys will be brought to life with raw energy and emotional intensity.

 

Devised and directed by Olivier and Tony award winner Matthew Bourne, choreographed by Olivier nominated Scott Ambler and featuring set and costume design by Olivier Award-winner Lez Brotherston , music by Terry Davies, lighting design by Chris Davey and sound design by  Paul Groothuis. Touring Directors are New Adventures principal dancers Adam Galbraith and Alan Vincent.

 

This production is supported by Arts Council England, the Arts Council of Wales in addition to other major trusts and donors. Originally commissioned by Glasgow Theatres, part of Ambassador Theatre Group.

 Tickets for the Sadler’s Wells run between 8 – 11 October 2014 are available online at www.sadlerswells.com or via the box office on 0844 412 4300.

 

ABOUT RE:BOURNE

 Re:Bourne is the charitable arm of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures. Founded in 2008 the charity delivers projects, training, courses and productions to find, develop and inspire the next generation of dance-theatre professionals. Since its inception the charity has delivered over 800 workshops, 50 projects and worked with over 15,000 young people and emerging artists in the UK and overseas.

 The last two years have seen major growth for the charity, securing over £1,300,000 from funders, a rapid increase in turnover and launching more projects and strategic relationships in the UK and overseas.

- See more at: http://www.new-adventures.net/latest_news/principal_casting_announced_for_lord_of_the_flies#sthash.8Si16QRF.dpuf
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