25th June to the 14th of July
UN AIR DE FAMILLE \ A FAMILY AFFAIR
by Agnes Jaoui and Jean Pierre Bacri
adapted by Andy De La Tour
Three weeks run of the award winning French play performed alternatively in English and French !
"Exchange Theatre has done a service making those plays available in English" Feydeau Double Bill, Reviewsgate, July 2010
After The Feydeau Double Bill, for the sixth year, Exchange theatre holds BASTILLE EVENTS. French theatre in English and French food !
A family affair is a caustic play, by Agnes Jaoui and Jean Pierre Bacri (Cuisines et Dependances, Le Gout des autres), which won the best script award at the Cesar when they adapted it for the big screen. A very succesful French comedy revived for the first time in London.
Performed alternatively in French and English and produced by Exchange Theatre, the former resident company at the French Institute behind the revival of Jean Paul Sartre's "The Flies" ("Totally Engaging, enthralling to watch" The Scotsman) and creators of the first english translations of one act Feydeau farces. This year at the Drayton Arms, the play takes place in South Kensington at the heart of the Frenchiest London neighbourhood.
Like every Friday night, the Menard get together at the "Père Tranquille" the café owned by Henri, the eldest son who inherited the business.... Tonight, his wife is not to be found. Although it's a day of celebration: his younger brother philippe was on tv, Betty, his sister talked back to her boss and it's Yoyo's (philippe's wife) birthday. Their mother thinks it's a good day to party. But today's events dig up family stories and Madame Menard and her children start to wash their dirty linen whilst some hidden secrets are revealed to everyone. What if Denis, the waiter decided to interfere? Hopefully, the dog would stay in his place...
Along with A family affair, The Drayton Arms, associated with the company, offers a French menu and French wine throughout the week.
Exchange Theatre’s French amateur students present their work the Sundays, in French. (6th, 7th, 13th and 14th of July). An offer is available to see both a showcase in French and the Double-Bill. A Bastille party will close the events on the 14th of July.
- Un air de famille (in French)
by Jean Pierre Bacri and Agnes Jaoui
25th, 26th, 30th of June and 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, 11th and 13th of July
- A family affair (in English)
translation by Andy de La Tour
27th,28th,29th of June and 2nd,3rd, 10th, and 12th of July
The Drayton Arms Theatre
153 Old Brompton Road, London, SW5 0LJ
Ticket booking 020 7835 2301 or
Echange Theatre or Exchange Theatre is an international company established in 2006 in London in order to translate and produce unknown or rare French-speaking plays in English. With the use of a strong visual imagery, live music and multilingualism, Exchange Theatre's productions offer a true sensorial experience. Led by David Furlong and Fanny Dulin, the company translated for the first time plays from major French playwrights like Paul Claudel, Georges Feydeau and Xavier Durringer (London and off Broadway) before being resident at the French Institute from 2010 to 2012. Beside the professional company, Echange Theatre created the first amateur drama class in French for French speaking people living in London. We work from our studio space in London Bridge (available for hire) at the heart of London.