Exchange Theatre presents


by Jean-Paul Sartre

4 weeks alternately in English and French

Double Offie nominated in 2018, Exchange Theatre are celebrating their first decade of work with an anniversary revival of their first critical and public success: Jean-Paul Sartre’s rebellious and highly political play The Flies. Sartre’s thriller re-imagines the Greek tragedy of Electra and Orestes, exploring the complexities of human values in a period of political turbulence.
A company priding themselves in their international and multi-cultural heritage, Exchange Theatre’s The Flies will be performed alternately in French and English in tribute to Sartre’s roots, and the 1943 play’s origins as a political allegory. Directed by David Furlong, Exchange Theatre’s multidisciplinary and multimedia production of The Flies returns in 2019, as topical and poignant as ever.
The Flies is Jean-Paul Sartre's existentialist version of The Oresteia. Electra, Orestes, and their troubled family will be joined on stage by Mauritian band A Riot in Heaven, transforming this tragedy into a modern, tense and thrilling rock opera. Orestes comes back to his birth-place of Argos to find his people under the oppression of fear and guilt: They all bear the burden of King Agamemnon’s assassination. The flies are the symbol of fate constantly tormenting Argos.
« It’s the tragedy of liberty against the tragedy of fatality » says Sartre.
Orestes knows he’s free and he will defy Gods and Kings. Sartre tells in The Flies “the tragedy of liberty against that of fatality”. The flies are the symbol of the burden of fate and disinformation. Fear is what drives people, today, to become, like in Argos, ghost like, fed by medias. As Orestes is hounded by Jupiter, god of flies and death, The Flies examines freedom, oppression and courage. The Flies is a raw performance with live music, it's a Greek myth, a tale of liberty with a Sartrian bloody edge. The Flies are an image, a symbol of several ideas such as remorse, guilt, fear and fate. Exchange Theatre presents a very contemporary version: with a live rock-band, a very physical raw organic direction, and with the support of a video design.
Artistic Director David Furlong comments:
"Exchange Theatre is celebrating ten years, successfully establishing itself with recognition, nominations, and a following, and becoming a charity this year. It is important now more than ever to work with ideas of multi-culturalism, languages, equality in casting, and holistic practice. As a French company in the UK producing a French play, it is important to have the mere presence of French philosophy during uncertainty around Brexit. The Flies is about fighting for liberty against misguided populist powers such as we are seeing in Europe and the Americas."
Director David Furlong
Music A Riot in Heaven
Set Design Ninon Fandre
Producer Fanny Dulin
Cast To be announced

Exchange Theatre
Since 2006 Exchange Theatre produces rare major foreign plays in London and from 2012, we have been developing ambitious multilingual productions to critical acclaim, with a strong visual imagery, original music, multimedia creations, nominated for video design (Offies 2019). Strong of a portfolio of over 30 shows, Exchange Theatre is now followed by a multicultural and diverse audience. 

A Riot in Heaven
A Riot in Heaven are a Mauritian rock band, with Indie Oceans Records. Previous albums include ReEvolution and Weekend on Proxima. A Riot in Heaven worked closely with Exchange Theatre on the 2009 production of The Flies, and Exchange Theatre are pleased to welcome them back for this exciting revival.


LES MOUCHES (French Language)

LES MOUCHES (French Language)
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THE FLIES (English Language)

THE FLIES (English Language)
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