Gallery 7 Launches Season with Lord of the Flies

Photo by Dianna Lewis of Creative Memory Studios

It’s not too often you get the chance to see a live production of a book you read in high school. Abbotsford’s Gallery 7 opens their 2014-2015 season with William Golding’s Lord of the Flies this November 7, 8, and 13-15.

“There are themes in this story that need to be talked about even today,” said Director Ken Hildebrandt. While being true to the original story, Hildebrandt said they’ve decided to set the play in the not-so-distant future.

In the midst of nuclear war, an airplane carrying English school boys crashes on a deserted island. Forced to fend for themselves, the survivors create a society. Governed by simple rules and regulations what seems like paradise soon disintegrates into savage anarchy as fear of an evil beast, as well as the lust for power and control, takes over.

This dark and edgy production is about the human capacity for evil when we don’t take control of our fear or ignorance. It addresses tough questions about conflict and war and asks why this still happens today.

Recommended for ages 12 and up due to language and violence the play may seem dark but it’s really about our search for light and hope for something better.

“Sometimes you have to see the darkness before you can see the opposite,” said Hildebrandt.

He said seeing a live play is completely different than any other entertainment form. Not only is every performance different but over the course of a couple hours a relationship is built between the audience and the performer, which shapes the experience for everyone.

The community-based theatre launches their season in the Abbotsford Arts Centre (2329 Crescent Way), and highlights local actors. This is their first performance in the new venue.

Lord of the Flies is among the first novels of the dystopian genre and is similar in tone and theme to stories like The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Giver. Tickets are available online or from House of James.

Robyn Roste lives and works in Abbotsford. She loves telling stories and learning more about her city.

Photo by Dianna Lewis of Creative Memory Studios.