Derby Theatre and Hull Truck team up for Lord of the Flies

Published: 8 March 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

Derby Theatre and Hull Truck will join forces to co-produce and present a new production of William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies.

Sarah Brigham, Derby Theatre’s chief executive and artistic director, said, “I’m delighted to be directing this classic story in co-production with Hull Truck Theatre, the company which ignited my passion for theatre when I was in youth theatre there as a child.

Lord of the Flies has contemporary resonance and provides me as a director with a wealth of material to really get my teeth into. I think it very definitely has something to say for our times and I hope to bring that out in the production, making it a thrilling drama for our audiences.”

Hull Truck’s artistic director Mark Babych added, “I’m really looking forward to this new co-production with Derby Theatre. As theatres, we share similar values and we hope to approach this version of Lord of the Flies with a view to it resonating with the politics of our time.

“It’s also great to see this classic story being directed by Sarah Brigham. With her connection to Hull, there’s something really special about her being at the helm and bringing the show to launch in her home city.”

Lord of the Flies is said to be as relevant today as it was when Golding’s novel was published in 1954. This contemporary retelling aims to examine the “terrifying” path to humanity's self-destruction.

Lord of the Flies will open at Hull Truck from Friday 11 September until Saturday 3 October before transferring to Derby Theatre from Tuesday 6 until Saturday 24 October.