Wednesday 22 February - Saturday 11 March 2023
£18 (full price)
£15 (concessions, including under 21s)
Discounts available for school groups
Contains strong language, loud noises, flashing lights, strobe lighting, fog, vaping, blood
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Theatre & Performance
"Flies is raw, bold, and radical and tells it like it is." - LondonTheatre1
"You’re looking at me. All the time. What can I do, walk around with a T-shirt on like ''I'm Twelve, fuck off''?
Award-winning writer Charlie Josephine (I, Joan, The Globe) radically responds to William Golding’s classic Lord of the Flies in their new piece Flies - A powerful and contemporary allegory on consent and the fetishisation of the female body.
This new show explodes with tales of girlhood, and the messy joy and sticky shame that come with it. Written from young women's real experiences expect raw honesty, humour, and sweaty dance.
Directed by Julia Head (Romeo and Juliet, Bristol Old Vic), and brought to life by an exceptional cast of actors and alumni from The BRIT School, Flies is a disobedient cultural response to a very well-known story: the male gaze.
"an extremely important show, a complete must-see" - Theatre and Tonic
"From the wild and raucous to the tender and poignant, Flies makes you want rend your garments and beat your chest. You will take the heart of this play with you, definitely worth a visit to Shoreditch." - West End Best Friend
"There are evocative moments of depth, of pain and fury within the piece, but they are nicely balanced by humour, affection and some raucous dance sequences" - The Reviews Hub
Cast: Afriya-Jasmine Nylander, Annabel Gray, Ellie-Rose Amit, Louisa Hamdi, Pearl Adams, Rosa Amos and Willow Traynor.
Captioned Performance: Thursday 2 March
Tue 28 Feb, 6pm - 7.30pm: Boundless Artist Mixer
Calling all Boundless Artists and Boundless Drama Club members... Join us pre-show for some Professional Speed Dating. There will be career chats with the Boundless Team and speedy friend-making with a glass of wine/soft drink - the perfect way to meet new collaborators. Please book via Boundless Drama Club. If you want to attend but aren’t a member of Drama Club, then you can join by clicking here.
Wed 8 Mar, 9pm - 9.30pm: Fuck The Canon Panel for International Women's Day
From Tarantino’s obsession with feet to impractical superhero costumes, what are the examples of female characters that make you rage? In this post-show discussion, the Flies creative team will debate and discuss their most hated examples, with a more hopeful look at how the gaze can positively change in arts and media. The panel will also include a mystery guest. Booking essential, sign up by clicking here.
Thu 9 Mar, 3pm – 5pm: Theatre Making & Producing Workshop; 6pm - 7.30pm: Boundless Link-Up
Calling all creatives: Join the Boundless Team for an afternoon of talks, Q&A’s and workshop activities centering around theatre making and producing. Following that will be the Boundless Link-Up which will give you the opportunity to meet and network with creatives just like you, over a glass of wine/soft drink. Please note, this workshop and link-up are only available for ticketholders attending Flies on Thu 9 Mar. Click here for more information. Booking essential, sign up by clicking here.
Want to bring your students to watch Flies? Schools and universities will be able to take advantage of the show education pack, which features classroom exercises, homework initiatives and workshop discussion prompts, around the themes explores in the show. School and University groups can take advantage of our Group Booking discount. Click here to find out more and to book.
Co-produced by Boundless Theatre and Shoreditch Town Hall. Co-Commissioned by Boundless Theatre and Shoreditch Town Hall.
Originally commissioned by Boundless Theatre.
Flies is supported by Cockayne - Grant for the Arts and The London Community Foundation.
Writer Charlie Josephine
Director Julia Head
Designer Cat Fuller
Movement Director Nandi Bhebhe
Lighting Designer Martha Godfrey
Sound Designer Nicole Raymond
AV Designer James Kent
Assistant Director Bea Anderson
We will be taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of everyone in the building. Whilst at the Town Hall you must abide by all Covid-19 Safety Measures in place, which you can find here.