The Flies - Les Mouches

Sartre's thriller re-imagines the Greek tragedy of Electra and Orestes, exploring the complexities of human values in a period of political turbulence.
The Flies - Les Mouches at The Bunker

Image: The Bunker


Genre: Drama
Venue: The Bunker
Starts: Tuesday 11 June 2019
Closes: Saturday 6 July 2019
Running time:2 hrs 10 mins (inc interval)
Age suitability: 12+

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4 weeks alternately in English and French.

English Performances: 11th, 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 25th and 26th June 5th and 6th July

French Performances: 14th, 15th, 27th, 28th and 29th June 2nd, 3rd and 4th July

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.

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53a Southwark Street
London SE1 1RU

Box office tel: 0207 234 0486

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Previews from:Tuesday 11 June 2019

Press night:Thursday 13 June 2019

Closes:Saturday 6 July 2019

Performance days & times


Monday ‑ 7‑30pm

Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 8‑00pm







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

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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

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