This year, at Exchange Theatre we celebrate our 15th birthday. With the covid restrictions, our anniversary season will be online and we will offer two different productions. THE CAT IN (re)BOOTS and our first very own documentary ”IN Exchange” which delves into the vision, values and making of the company’s work.
Over 15 years, we have been focusing our work on exchanges. As Paul Claudel says, “towards the reunion of the world”. The symbolist playwright first inspired Exchange Theatre values and influenced its work. Indeed, our first production, “The Exchange” by Paul Claudel, was also a translation for the first time in English.
Since then Exchange Theatre has been developing ambitious plays with strong visual imagery, original music, multimedia creations. Strong of a portfolio of over 40 multilingual productions to critical acclaim, the company is now followed by a multicultural and diverse audience. The work started as English adaptations then evolved towards a unique bilingual experience by performing both in French and English.
CAT IN (re)BOOTS
Our anti-bias family show THE CAT IN (re)BOOTS has been selected at the Brighton Fringe and will be broadcasted by Living Record from May 28th to June 27th.
Discover how our anti-racist version reclaims Puss in Boots for what he really is. All he does is out of generosity and justice! In these times, we felt the need to learn how to reinvent ourselves. Producing a children show in 2020, after Black Lives Matter and after the MeToo movement, bears a responsibility to also raise children’s awareness to these contemporary questions. With themes of Kindness, Fraternity and Diversity, our cat breaks down all barriers of class and origins. Puss in Boots is traditionally seen as a cunning joker and a thief who makes his master’s fortune by playing tricks. He’s one of the most beloved heroes for the children and adults: but are they tricks or justice?
Each year, Exchange Theatre produces its own theatre Festival, where the professionals and amateurs share the stage of a theatre. In this period of hardship, the company had to take on the challenge of offering some work and reinvent itself. We found a way to put our annual theatre season online to celebrate its 15th anniversary.
For this special occasion, we decided to share an insight into our process and to refocus on our human values through a unique documentary. With “In Exchange”, you will discover what makes Exchange Theatre a multicultural, multilingual, open-minded, dynamic and young theatre company. In a true cinematic experience directed by film-makers Léo-Paul Payen and Marie Loury, you will understand how the company worked through Moliere’s play Misanthrope from production to performance. Rooted in our diversity, you will find out how we manage to do theatre for the present. How at the end our productions offer you true sensorial experience.
Exchange Theatre values are present across all our work. We recently translated the play “Break of Noon” by Paul Claudel, about decolonisation, love and identity.