Central to William Golding’s dystopian novel “Lord of the Flies” is the notion of violence as a social construct. “Maybe there is a beast … maybe it’s only us,” says the protective Simon before a hostile assembly of other schoolboys marooned on the uninhabited island where the English Nobel laureate set their blood-soaked descent into savagery.

Since it was published in 1954, the deeply disturbing tale has been the subject of several notable film and stage adaptations, including Peter Brook’s stark black-and-white screen rendition in 1963 and Nigel Williams’ acclaimed version for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1996. This month, “Landslide World” by the Tokyo-based Shika Goroshi theater company, is the latest work to join that august canon.

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