Noye's Fludde

 
Benjamin Britten

Referencing Noye's Fludde, LP, ZNF 1 Though written for largely amateur performers make no mistake - this is one of Britten's greatest works. He writes with understanding and genius for all the varied forces, including the novelties such as the handbells and the slung mugs, whose impression of spattered raindrops is uncanny. Noye’s Fludde is the third play in the Chester cycle, and was originally performed by the water-carrier’s guild. In this excerpt, God instructs Noah that it is time for the animals to come aboard. This spectacle is described by Noah’s sons Sem, Ham, and Jaffett and their wives as the pairs of animals march in singing “Kyrie eleison.”.

Aldeburgh Beach will be a hive of activity this summer as the town and wider community celebrate escaping lockdown with outdoor performances of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde.

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Noye's Fludde Benjamin Britten

ENO and Theatre Royal Stratford East collaborate on Britten’s masterful retelling of the story of Noah’s Ark.

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God is angry, and a flood is coming. But Noah is building a boat, wide enough and deep enough for a cargo of birds and beasts, great and small.

For forty days and forty nights, this chorus of unlikely shipmates endure a mighty storm, in the hope that a new world will be waiting for them on the other side.

Lyndsey Turner directs a joyous new production of Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece combining the talents of professional singers, actors and musicians with those of school children and the local community along with participation from ENO Baylis Learning and Participation projects.

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Marking our first collaboration with Theatre Royal Stratford East, Noye’s Fludde speaks of courage, redemption and the promise of a new beginning.

Animal Artwork from Here We Are, Stuck, The Great Paper Caper, Lost and Found, Up and Down and commissioned works © Oliver Jeffers 2019

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Aldeburgh Beach will be a hive of activity this summer as the town and wider community celebrate escaping lockdown with outdoor performances of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde.

The event will bring together enthusiastic schoolchildren and talented amateur musicians and singers.

The event, being staged opposite Crag Path, between the lifeboat station and the Moot Hall, will be within view of Britten’s beachside residence where he wrote the opera for young people in 1958.

The performance is being staged by Bury St Edmunds-based community arts organisation The Come and Sing Company, which has been working with Aldeburgh’s Jubilee Opera, Britten-Pears Arts, Suffolk Music Hub, Aldeburgh Music Club Choir and a host of freelance musicians.

Tom Appleton, from The Come and Sing Company, said the summer production was still in the very early stages of planning but it would an exciting project to bring the wider Suffolk community together to celebrate the ending of lockdown as well as the healing power of community and creativity.

He said: “We thought that Noye’s Fludde would be an ideal project because not only does it have strong associations with Aldeburgh but for people coming out of lockdown, it would feel much the same as Noah and his family would have felt leaving the Ark once the flood waters had subsided.

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'Everyone has had enough of being cooped up. We need to get out into the world again and where better to go in the summer than the beach?”

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The staging of the production has been pencilled in for August and Mr Appleton is hoping to create some ambitious, immersive set design which will have audience and performers in a recreated ark set complete with cattle pens.

He said: “We are hoping that we will be able to capture some of the atmosphere that Peter Grimes managed on the beach a couple of years ago – but with a more manageable budget!”

A grant application has gone to the Arts Council this week which, if successful, would allow the project to go ahead and allow them to fix firm dates.

Mr Appleton added: “Everyone is very excited by this. We have a host of local schools and kids on board, plus fantastic local musicians and singers. We want to Fludde the Beach with creative talent this summer. Watch out for more news in the coming weeks.”