The Flies - from Exchange Theatre


Tuesday 23 April 2019


Off-West End - Shows

Exchange Theatre return to London this June with their tenth anniversary revival of Jean-Paul Sartre's rebellious and highly political play The Flies.
The Flies - Les Mouches at The Bunker

Image: The Bunker


Exchange Theatre return to London this summer with their tenth anniversary revival of Jean-Paul Sartre's rebellious and highly political play The Flies.


The show will be at The Bunker from 11 June to 6 July with performances in English on 11th, 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 25th and 26th June 5th and 6th July


and performances in French on 14th, 15th, 27th, 28th and 29th June 2nd, 3rd and 4th July.


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 on their international and multi-cultural heritage, Exchange Theatre's The Flies will be performed in alternating 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 this year as topical and poignant as ever.


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.


As Orestes is hounded by Jupiter, god of flies and death, The Flies examines freedom, oppression and courage.


Artistic Director David Furlong said ...


"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."


Synopsis


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.


Cast


Meena Rayann - Electra

Samy Elkhatib - Orestes

David Furlong - Aegisthus

Raul Fernandes - Jupiter

Fanny Dulin - Clytemnestra/Fury

Juliet Dante - The Tutor

Jonathan Brandt - The Anonymous

Soraya Spiers - The Woman/Fury

Chris Runciman - High Priest/Fury


Creatives


Author: Jean-Paul Sartre
Composer:  A Riot in Heaven
Director: David Furlong
Set designer: Ninon Fandre
Movement: Kevin Rowntree
Video designer: Jason Greenberg and Giuliana Pulcini
Production: Fanny Dulin, Exchange Theatre

Venue


The Bunker
53a Southwark Street
London
SE1 1RU

Dates


From: Tuesday 11 June 2019

Closes: Saturday 6 July 2019

Tickets


Standard: £16

Concessions:

£14


Under 30s: £10.00 (limited to 20 per show)


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Links


Show website
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