Exchange Theatre produces rare major foreign-speaking plays to make them accessible to a 21st century British audience and engages the French communities through drama classes,
The company was founded in 2006 by Mauritian actor-director David Furlong, trained at Paris’ National Theatre and French actress-producer Fanny Dulin, trained in London.
In 10 years, our 16 professional shows were British premières, untranslated FEYDEAU farces, THE FLIES by Sartre (showing physical, visual, musical, sensory, multi‐cultural work and a cast of 7 minorities) and 40 participant showcases facilitating access to the performing arts. Resident at Institut Français for 2 years, we created 12 bilingual youth shows. Our education department brings shows/language workshops to schools/nurseries on top of adults community drama classes in French.
Since 2007, we produce the annual Bastille Festival. 2017 involved .25 artists, 55 participants and 1300 audience (10 times more than 2008). Partners have included Kensington Borough, Unity Theatre Trust, The French Institute, Camden People's Theatre, The Drayton Arms...
“More than many fringe companies, I would love to see what Exchange Theatre could do with more resources. Their infectious energy and enthusiasm, combined with technical skill and textual insight go a long way to fulfill their mission and their undoubted ability to bring classic French texts to life for multi-cultural audiences warrant bigger and better staging. .” (Everything theatre)