The Flies by Jean-Paul Sartre

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Fusing Theatre and Live rock-music, the multilingual acclaimed Southwark-based Exchange Theatre present a 10 year revival of their epic refreshing take on Sartre's famous ode to freedom at the Bunker Theatre.


Event Details

Address:The Bunker
53A Southwark Street

Post code:SE1 1RU

Tickets:Tickets are priced at £16 (£14 concessions).
Ten £10 tickets are available at each performance for under 30s. Tickets are available from and 0207 234 0486.

Telephone:0207 234 0486

Open hours:Mon - Fri: 10am - 5pm


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. Directed by David Furlong, Exchange Theatre’s multidisciplinary and multimedia production of The Flies returns in 2019, as topical and poignant as ever. Exchange Theatre are joined on stage by a live Mauritian rock band, A Riot in Heaven, transforming this tragedy into a thrilling rock opera. 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. 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. Orestes knows he’s free and he will defy Gods and Kings. As Orestes is hounded by Jupiter, god of flies, fear and death, The Flies examines freedom, oppression and courage. Exchange Theatre presents a very contemporary version: with a live rock-band, a very physical raw organic direction and with the support of a multi-screen video design. « It’s the tragedy of liberty against the tragedy of fatality » says Sartre. The flies are the symbol of the burden of fate and disinformation tormenting Argos with eery rock guitars. Fear is what drives people today to become, like in Argos, ghost-like, fed by medias. 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, of remorse, guilt, fear and fate. 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."


By Bus:Bus Routes RV1 and 344 stop and depart directly outside the entrance to The Bunker.

By Tube:The Bunker is in close proximity to London Bridge Station (Northern Line, Jubilee Line and National Rail Service) and Borough (Northern Line)

From London Bridge, take the exit for Borough High Street. Walk along Borough High Street towards Southwark Street, and The Bunker entrance will be on your left.

From Borough, turn left onto Marshalsea Road, and then take a right onto Ayres Street, which turns into O’Meara Street at the junction with Union Street. Walk onto O’Meara Street and turn left onto Southwark Street. The Bunker entrance is on your left a short walk down the road.

By Train:The Bunker is in close proximity to London Bridge Station (Northern Line, Jubilee Line and National Rail Service) and Borough (Northern Line)


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