Lord of the Flies at the Liverpool Playhouse

Lord of the Flies at the Liverpool Playhouse

Regent's Park Theatre Company are in the middle of a sell-out run of their production of Lord of the Flies at the Playhouse Theatre this week. On Thursday 4th February, LJMU English's Alice Ferrebe gave a pre-show talk about William Golding's novel and its context. The adaptation is set in the present-day. Did Golding's novel translate across 60 years? Why is it still such a favourite school set-text? Alice: One of the things I tried to bring out in my talk was the way the novel, first published in 1954, responds to crucial anxieties in its post-war context, in particular issues around human morality in the wake of the Death Camps and the atomic bomb. Those ideas, are of course, perennial ones, and the narrative still retains its moral charge today. There's a lovely irony in the fact that Golding wrote the novel whilst himself a schoolteacher, often setting his class thankless tasks like counting the number of words on the page of a novel...
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Alice Ferrebe, Literature of the 1950s: Good Brave Causes

Alice Ferrebe, Literature of the 1950s: Good Brave Causes

Alice Ferrebe's study rereads the decade and its literature as crucial in twentieth-century British history for its emergent and increasingly complicated politics of difference, as ideas about identity, authority and belonging were tested and contested. By placing a diverse selection of texts alongside those of the established canon of Movement and 'Angry' writing, a literary culture of true diversity and depth is brought into view. The volume characterises the 1950s as a time of confrontation with a range of concerns still avidly debated today, including immigration, education, the challenging behaviour of youth, nuclear threat, the post-industrial and post-imperial legacy, a consumerist economy and a feminist movement hampered by the perceivedly comprehensive nature of its recent success. Contrary to Jimmy Porter's defeatist judgement on his era in John Osborne's 1956 play Look Back in Anger, the volume upholds such concerns as 'good, brave causes' indeed. Literature of the 1950s: Good Brave Causes was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2012....
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