Sundance North - Digital Arts Festival

Known to every English-speaking student of the last 50 years and universally acknowledged as one of the finest novels of the last century, Lord of the Flies is given a stunning stage adaptation by Nigel Williams. Now this adaptation is being brought to the stage in an energetic dramatic interpretation of this timely classic by Sage Theatre Productions. Sage Theatre seeks to link their work on stage to other forms of expression in order to foster and provoke thoughtful dialogue with artists and audiences alike. Open communication, collaboration, respect and innovation mark Sage's relationship with writers, theatre professionals, emerging artists and their audiences.

Your task is to create your own adaptation of the novel in an effort to capture the same immediacy as evidenced in the Sage Theatre production. Using digital technologies in thoughtful and deliberate ways you are being challenged to make the vivid scenes and provocative ideas from Golding's novel come alive in ways that are compelling and provoke a strong audience response. Your adaptation of the novel will be presented to a live audience at our own Sundance North Digital Arts Festival scheduled to take place on the evening of March 27th.

You may choose any medium you wish to create your own unique adaptation of the novel. Production teams may want to consider any one or combination of the following to effectively accomplish the task:
a one act play or monologue enhanced with digital technologies, a multimedia presentation that makes effective use of sound, images and significant excerpts from the novel, a 2-3 minute movie, or any other format that effectively conveys powerful ideas from the novel in a provocative manner that will engender a strong audience response.

Lord of the Flies Timeline


I. Rationale: (student sample)

Go to the section of the text that deals with your particular scene, and in a Word document, gather all of the important excerpts from that section. Do not simply write down page numbers, but actually copy the quotes into the document. Once you have finished compiling this list, decide on the key ideas from your scene. What are the underlying messages presented in the scene you selected?

II. The Real World:

Generate as many real world examples of the same key ideas that emerge out of the scene as they can. Use an appropriate brainstorming method to record these ideas.

III. The Essential Understanding:

Come up with a single sentence, an essential understanding, for your audience. This should be a single statement that details the point you are trying to make with your presentation. It is to be the thesis statement of your presentation, the center of your thought, the idea from which everything else you do, radiates outwards.


•A one sentence statement of the message or point you want to make.

•Detailed plan for each sequence of the adaptation and how it relates to the message.

•What images you want to capture – including camera shots and angles, subjects being recorded, movements to be captured etc.

•What sounds you want to capture – including dialogue, music, sound effects, voice overs.

Production Guide

•A detailed break down of the steps, activities and assistance that need to be done in order to complete the task.

•A timeline of when each step will be completed.

•Names of individuals who will be responsible for completing each of the steps.

Written Piece (one of the following)

•Screenplay - Monologue - Narration - Speech - Script