Creative Director – David Furlong
David Furlong is the founder and artistic director of Exchange Theatre. He trained in France at the National Theatre of Chaillot. Prior to his training, he was part of a rep company for which he performed many French classics: Moliere, Hugo, Marivaux, Musset…
In Paris, he worked with many famous directors including Hans Peter Cloos, Deborah Warner and Michel Lopez. His theatre credits in France include Monserrat in Monserrat, the Father in Tatoo, Camille in A Flea in His Ear. In London, he took part in many productions including Love’s Labours Lost, The Rover, Red Oleander and the Rover. For Exchange Theatre, he was Lucien in Feydeau’s Madame Late’s Mother, Orestes in JP Sartre’s the Flies and Philipe in A Family Affair.
Along his writing work (he wrote 12 shows for a children season at the French Institute), he has directed many plays for the company: The Exchange by Paul Claudel, Bal Trap by Xavier Durringer, Business which he also wrote. He has recently worked with Jo Hill-Gibbins on the Changelling at the Young Vic.
David has now taught for over eight years in both French and English. He is currently a guest teacher at Arts Educational. He is still a personal coach to many professional actors.
“I was trained with a French heritage, close to the work of Patrice Chereau or Antoine Vitez, before pursuing a permanent ongoing training in the Uk, encountering various methods as diverse as vigorous Non- western methods, ‘The actor and the Target’ and even very psychological ‘actor’s studio. What I’ve learned from all of it, is how much an actor becomes interesting whenever he is engaged or engages more with anything outside of him, to bring his best out of him”
In parallel to his work with Exchange Theatre, David works in France with the National touring street company Gerard Gerard as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet and in TEMPETE, a devised collective work loosely based on Shakespeare. He also works regularly in Paris with playwright Christophe Botti and recently created his latest play in Mauritius.
Executive Director – Fanny Dulin
Fanny Dulin originates from Bordeaux. She studied drama and musical theatre in London. After graduating in 2005, she undertakes numerous theatre parts: Christine in Miss Julie, Pilates in The Mystery Plays, Bella Lambert in Operation New Life, Hyppolita in A Midsummer Night’s Dream… She also worked on film with young upcoming directors as much as major ones . (She’s part of the Chrous in Tim Burton’s Sweeney Tood alongside Johnny Depp and Sacha Baron Cohen ). She also lands her voice to many voice-over tracks.
In 2006, she launches Exchange Theatre for which she still produces and performs many shows. To date, she was Bubble in Bal Trap by Xavier Durringer, Yvonne in Madame’s Late Mother and Adelaide in A House Bath by Georges Feydeau and Clytemnestra in The Flies by Jean Paul Sartre. She’s particularly proud to have been Marthe in the British Premiere of The Exchange by Paul Claudel.
She also performed in France , at the Café Théatre des Chartrons in Bordeaux, where she played Cécile in Post It, a comedy hit for more than two months.
She regularly works with the French Institute – l’Institut Francais du Royaume Uni. She started the “Au Théatre This Sunday” season in which she played numerous parts, from the little girl in the Nutcracker to a tourist guide in the theatrical adaption of Sleeping Beauty by Anatole France. She also initiated the tales reading in the Young Audience library of the Institute, where she created the ‘French Tales’, before touring many libraries and nurseries following the demand.
Over the last two years, she’s been Yolande in “Un Air de Famille” and ‘A family Affair’, which she produced for the company at the Drayton Arms Theatre in South Kensington, performing in both the French and English version. She was recently the nanny in Antigone and Jacqueline in Le Medecin Malgre Lui in educational shows of the company, and took the lead-role of Ismene, in Et Toi Ismene, by Nathalie Adam.
“It all falls down to Fanny Dulin’s hilarious portrayal “
She’s the administrative director of Exchange Theatre Workshops and provides children drama classes.