- George Langelaan
- Valérie Lesort et Christian Hecq
- Performed by
- Christian Hecq, Valérie Lesort, Christine Murillo, Stephan Wojtowicz
Loosely based on The Fly in Tales of the Anti-World by George Langelaan
Following on from their dreamlike 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, staged two seasons ago with the troupe from the Comédie-Française, Valérie Lesort and Christian Hecq have now adapted the sci-fi world of The Fly to the stage.
A scientist who has discovered, then tested on himself, a method of teleportation, gradually turns into a giant fly. Such was the plot created by George Langelaan in his 1957 short story, which achieved worldwide renown via David Cronenberg’s screen adaptation in the 1980s. Valérie Lesort and Christian Hecq have based their play very loosely on this work, creating a comedy featuring puppets and visual exploits. The two directors take this story of genetic fusion between human and insect and place it in a 1960s village, where middle-aged Robert lives with his mother Odette and spends his days trying to invent a teleportation machine. Featuring physical acting, special effects and a stage design depicting the early days of computing, The Fly is a laboratory of stage experimentation.