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Meet the Cast – James Russell-Morley

James Morley

Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
I’m James Russell-Morley and I’m playing Henry.

Where in the world are you from?
I was born and grew up in Norwich, Norfolk.

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
I think my first proper trip to the theatre was seeing the Christmas panto as a seven year old!

What was your first experience of Lord of the Flies?
I had heard of the novel and was aware it had numerous adaptations but had no meaningful experience of Lord of the Flies until this project. It’s something I’ve always wanted to read/work on so I was very excited to get in the rehearsal room!

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
I can’t wait to create our “island” and its different parts and see how we end up sharing this with an audience.

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
I love Roger. He’s bad.

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
Twelfth Night

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
Anyone who creates something that leaves me wanting more…

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
I was obsessed with Idris Elba as Luther.

What’s your favourite school yard game?
 Sorry to be boring but it’s got to be football. I think I probably played every day of my school life!

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Meet the Cast – Georgina Barley

Gerogina Barley

Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
My name is Georgina Barley, I am playing Roger.

Where in the world are you from?
A tiny country town in rural Victoria, Australia.

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
I played the Virgin Mary in my kindergarten’s nativity play – the first in a winning streak of Virgin Mary depictions throughout my pre-teen years.

What was your first experience of Lord of the Flies?
The Simpsons version, to be honest!

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
All the tribal dancing around killing the pig, especially just before Simon is killed – how far are we going to push it?

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
Simon

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
“Going Dark” (Hattie Naylor with Sound&Fury)

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
Andrew Scott

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
Andrew Scott, of course!

What’s your favourite school yard game?
Poison ball.

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Meet the Cast – Abbi Douetil

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Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
Abbi Douetil – and I’m playing Percival.

Where in the world are you from?
North London – Tufnell Park to be precise.

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
I played Viola in Twelfth Night aged 13 for a big Shakespeare school festival – that first adrenaline rush and I was hooked!

What was your first experience of Lord of the Flies?
I knew of the novel but hadn’t ever read it – so my first experience of it was reading it frantically before auditioning for this show.

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
The Beast! Is it real? Is it in the characters head? Is it themselves? Questions, questions.

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
Roger – what a brilliantly cruel character.

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
Constellations – Nick Payne

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
All these new theatre companies which put on fantastic, relevant pieces of theatre.

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
Imelda Staunton, she is also rocking the 5ft mark and has had a cracking career.

What’s your favourite school yard game?
40/40 home

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Meet the Cast – Amber Wadey

Amber Wadey

Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
Amber Wadey playing Ralph.

Where in the world are you from?
I live in a small village called Storrington based in West Sussex.

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
Playing Will Scarlet in my Year 5 production of Robin Hood. I had a homemade costume, it wasn’t a good look!

What was your first experience of Lord of the Flies?
I had only heard of the book by Golding before I auditioned. I swatted up before hand and know there is a lot more to explore in this wonderful character driven story.

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
When they first build the fire and it spreads. I am very interested to hear/see our director Ricky’s artistic interpretation.

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
It’s got to be Piggy! He’s an example of being misunderstood when growing up, something which I feel we can all relate to.

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
I like kitchen sink dramas! I recently saw The House They Grew Up In by Deborah Bruce. It’s one of my favourite plays for sure.

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
Frantic Assembly. Whenever I’ve seen their work I’ve always left feeling inspired by their powerful use of telling stories through movement.

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
Got to love a bit of Olivia Colman right?

What’s your favourite school yard game?
It’s a toss up between hop scotch or skipping!

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Meet the Cast – Robyn Holdaway

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Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
Robyn Holdaway – Maurice Walsh

Where in the world are you from?
Currently London! But I grew up in Redhill; that’s the train station town on the way to Gatwick.

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
I vaguely remember singing a song about the little old woman who lived in a shoe… I think I was about 4. After that school nativities/ class assemblies and Youth Theatre.

What was your first experience of Lord of the Flies?
Realising I hadn’t read the book when I was 18, trying to read it and failing! Naturally I know it a little better now.

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
Simon’s death (spoiler alert) should be interesting. Working to the point at which a group of children are able to physically rip someone limb from limb is going to be a fun challenge. And by fun I mean vaguely terrifying.

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
Probably Simon

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
I don’t really have one, it depends on the interpretation.

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
Erm I have no idea! I don’t just have one; there are so many actors I admire, or teachers I’ve had, directors etc.

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
Ben Wishaw.

What’s your favourite school yard game?
Do obstacle courses count? Probably not. Maybe hide and seek.

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Meet the Cast – Nick Cope

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Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
My name is Nick Cope and I will be playing Jack.

Where in the world are you from?
I’m from Sandbach in Cheshire

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
My first theatrical experience was playing Jim in ‘Treasure Island’ when I was 12. I just did a lot of brushing up really.

What was your first experience of Lord of the Flies?
I studied ‘Lord of the Flies’ for my GCSE’s and I distinctly remember watching the old black and white film.

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
I would say i’m most excited about discovering the moment when Jack and his choir meet Ralph and Piggy. I’m looking to forward to seeing how that hierarchy will establish itself on stage.

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
Simon. I find the development of his character really interesting, I think his journey is thought provoking whilst also carrying some of the larger messages within the play.

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
Beautiful Burnout by Bryony Lavery.

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
My first real director I would say, John Lonsdale. He set the bar for me in terms of work ethic and professionalism when it comes to theatre and I’m very grateful for that.

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
Jake Gyllenhall just takes it. His range is ridiculous.

What’s your favourite school yard game?
Has to be tig, or tag, or whatever its called. It’s Tig.

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Meet the Cast – Nell Hardy

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Give us your full name and the character you are playing.
Nell Hardy, I’m playing Sam.

Where in the world are you from?
North London. Sorry to be boring!

What was your first theatrical experience, either on stage or in the auditorium?
My dad’s a priest, so it was probably sleeping through his sermon in my pushchair during mass…

What was your first experience of Lord of the Flies?
Watching the film when incapacitated through period pain when I was about 13: I needed to watch people who were suffering more than me!

What’s the event in the play that you’re most excited about discovering?
The very end. I have no idea how Sam’s going to feel yet.

Who’s your favourite character, other than your own?
Simon

Tell us the title of your favourite play.
Harvey

Who is your theatrical inspiration?
Kathryn Hunter

If you had to choose, who is your favourite actor?
Kathryn Hunter!

What’s your favourite school yard game?
Dodgeball

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