Lord of the Flies is an allegorical novel, and many of its characters signify important ideas or themes. Ralph represents order, leadership, and civilization. Piggy represents the scientific and intellectual aspects of civilization. Jack represents unbridled savagery and the desire for power. Simon represents natural human goodness. Roger represents brutality and bloodlust at their most extreme. To the extent that the boys’ society resembles a political state, the littluns might be seen as the common people, while the older boys represent the ruling classes and political leaders. The relationships that develop between the older boys and the younger ones emphasize the older boys’ connection to either the civilized or the savage instinct: civilized boys like Ralph and Simon use their power to protect the younger boys and advance the good of the group; savage boys like Jack and Roger use their power to gratify their own desires, treating the littler boys as objects for their own amusement.
As a performer theatre includes: Road Show (Menier); Honk (Royal & Derngate, Northampton); A Little Night Music (Garrick); Noises Off (Liverpool Everyman); The Three Musketeers (Bristol Old Vic); 5/11, Out of this World, Seven Doors, The Gondoliers, How To Succeed In Business (Chichester Festival and Minerva Theatre); Wizard of Oz (Birmingham Rep); Sweeney Todd, Marriage of Figaro (New Vic); The Shakespeare Review (UK / World Tour); Alice in Wonderland (RSC); Assassins (New End); Eugene Onegin (Lyric Hammersmith); Sunday in the Park with George, The Sound of Music (Leicester Haymarket).