In the midst of war, a plane evacuating a group of schoolboys from Britain is shot down over a deserted tropical island.
With no adult survivors, the boys, ranging in age from six to 12, are left to fend for and govern themselves.
The children fall into two camps, one under the leadership of the charismatic Ralph, the other led by Jack, a private school chorister.
Jack urges his party to heed the call of the wild and go hunting. Ralph’s cohort stays on the beach to build a rough camp.
It’s only a matter of time before war breaks out.
Nigel Williams’s stage adaptation, written for the RSC and first performed in 1995, condenses the book into a tumultuous drama, directed here by Kip Williams and featuring actors Joseph Althouse, Justin Amankwah, Nyx Calder, Yerin Ha, Daniel Monks, Mark Paguio, Rahel Romahn, Eliza Scanlen, Nikita Waldron, Contessa Treffone and Mia Wasikowska.
“I was really interested in putting together an ensemble of the most exciting young actors that I could find, regardless of gender,” Williams says. “A group which at their core would be feminist, pro queer and inclusive. And I wanted them all to be from a generation who are more radical in the way they think about dividing up power.”