Matthew Bourne to Stage Dance Version of Lord of the Flies at Glasgow's Theatre Royal

News   Matthew Bourne to Stage Dance Version of Lord of the Flies at Glasgow's Theatre Royal Matthew Bourne, currently represented on Broadway by his co-choreography for Mary Poppins (which he also co-directed) and whose production of Swan Lake for his own company New Adventures recently finished a run at New York's City Center, is to stage a new production of The Lord of the Flies.

It will premiere at Glasgow's Theatre Royal for a run from March 2-5, 2011.

The staging will bring together professional dancers with local boys and young men, in a production that combines dance and film media. It has been developed in partnership with Creative Scotland, Re: Bourne and West Dunbartonshire Council.

In a press statement, Bourne commented, "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."

Anita Clark of Creative Scotland added, "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."

In this new dance adaptation of William Golding's classic book, 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 climax. Lord of the Flies is devised and directed by Matthew Bourne and co-directed and choreographed by Scott Ambler. Music is by Terry Davies and costume design by Lez Brotherston. Film is created by Alan Stockdale with lighting design by Chris Davey with sound design by Paul Groothuis.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 871 7647, or visit www.ambassadortickets.com/glasgow.

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