Exchange Theatre

Exchange Theatre

Residency Dates: Mon 4 - Wed 6 Mar & Wed 20 - Sun 24 Mar 2019

Exchange Theatre was founded in 2006 by mixed-race Mauritian actor-director David Furlong, who trained at Paris National Theatre, and French London-trained actress-producer Fanny Dulin. Rooted in the ideal of a popular theatre and culture for all, their work is based on diversity at its core and made for diverse people, crossing class, cultural and geographical borders. They now translate and present classics simultaneously in French and English with bilingual artists.

They produce an annual Festival. 2017's festival involved 25 artists, 55 participants and 1300 audience. Partners include Kensington Borough, Unity Theatre Trust, Institut Francais, CPT and The Drayton Arms.

During their residency, the company will be working on Noor, an exciting new one act devised play about the adventures of one woman against all the odds. Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan was an Allied Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent in Paris, during WW2 who was posthumously awarded the George Cross. As an SOE agent, she became the first female radio operator to be sent from Britain to aid the French Resistance. The story, for adults and children, takes place in Paris and London and explores the many layers of heroism in a playful way.

The company will bring together people of many nationalities, speaking different languages during the show as they bring to the public eye the life of an extraordinary, Muslim, British, French, American and Indian woman.

Supported by Arts Council England