Stage Two – Drama Studies
By Sean Wintrell
The Venue – Cardijn College--
Ensemble – Yr 12 Drama Class
The Director – Greg Hay
The Play – The Lord of the Flies
The lights come up on children oblivious to the world around them, as the play, read and enjoy the good things of life. They are only distracted momentarily by the sounds of planes and bombs before they go back to what they are doing, almost as if it would not affect them. Darkness returns and this time the sound is not of distant planes or bombs, it’s of a very real plane crash, within the darkness it would be easy for those of no imagination to feel detached from the happenings, but a few people would feel the horror and the dread. We then ...view middle of the document...
In essence Hay’s ideas make it an extremely moving, and horrifying play. Throughout the play, the use of lighting and sound played one of the major roles in creating the atmosphere. Using red lights to signify danger or aggression triggered the audience’s immediate response, the minute the red lights came up people huddled in close, as they felt the danger through what they saw and well as the use of blue lights was used to signify fear or uncertainty often triggered a similar response. In general the flow of the play was slow but necessary to set up the story, but the narrations which were done by character in the middle of the scene just brought the flow to a standstill. The fact that the characters often broke character or lost their accent during these narrations made them inefficient, and unnecessary.
A major flaw in the production was the casting, not only did Hay have female actors play male characters with no adaption to the script, but it was hard not to think of them as female. On top of that some of the actors where not right for their parts, the actor that played Ralph was not assertive, not strong enough for that role, especially as the actor chosen to play Jack who was trying to take Ralph’s position as ‘chief’ of the boys was such a strong actor. In all of the scenes between Ralph and Jack, Jack always overpowered Ralph even if he wasn’t meant to. Another casting error was the actor who played the sailor at the end of the play, the sailor was meant to be a strong, proud character, he was the boys ‘saviour’, but the actor who played him stood in a very defensive, weak posture, hunched shoulders clasped hands, etc.