Kneehigh & Noye’s Fludde

Orchestival presents a Kneehigh / Charles Hazlewood Production of Benjamin Britten's Noye's Fludde (Noah's Flood) with members of the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Directed by Simon Harvey
Conducted by Charles Hazlewood
Designer, Rosanna Vize

Noye’s Fludde (Noah’s Flood) is drawn from an early fifteenth century mystery play, an element of a collection  known as the Chester Mystery Cycle. These mystery plays (each telling a Biblical tale) were originally performed by different sections of the community in various parts of the town. In the spirit of this ancient British tradition, our huge community production of Britten’s setting of Noye’s Fludde (which includes several hundred Somerset children) will create a stunning event.

Britten’s Noye’s Fludde is one of the most brilliant community operas ever written. Harnessing simple core melodies and anthemic hymns, the story is beautifully, plainly told. The enormous children’s cast are the engine of the piece; they design their own costumes (every animal under the sun), play instruments and sing! The effect of several armies of children slowly converging on Noye’s hastily-built ark will be utterly hypnotic.

Part-pageant, part-carnival, ORCHESTIVAL’s Noye’s Fludde will be led by a production team in association with Kneehigh Theatre.  The performance will be the culmination of a six month project which will see members of the team in schools workshops across the County. Click on Project Noye 2014 for more information.

Who better than bardic nomads, Kneehigh, to steer this cutting edge interpretation?  Kneehigh are a UK based Theatre Company with a local, national and international profile and have created vigorous, popular and challenging theatre for over 30 years. In 2010 Kneehigh launched The Asylum, a beautiful, flexible nomadic structure, meaning the company now has a venue to call home as well as being one of the leading touring theatre companies in the UK. Kneehigh also run the Rambles programme which aims to engage creatively with communities through event and adventure.

Noye’s Fludde will feature members of The Philharmonia, Recorder soloist James Risdon of The British Paraorchestra, opera stars Jimmy Holliday and Amy J Payne, and the voices of our entire audience. 
We also welcome the Exeter Recorder Orchestra, Chiselborough Hand Bell Ringers, members of COSMiC music club, Theatresaurus, pupils of Wells Cathedral School, pupils and staff of Brookside Community Primary School and the Quangle Wangle Choir.

Where more appropriate to perform this epic, watery tale, than the epicenter of the Somerset farming community and the hub meeting place for the county’s residents? Get on board and join the UK’s most exciting theatre company and the world’s most eclectic outdoor festival of orchestral music, reflect and celebrate the community in Somerset, and be a part of this unique and very special event.

Read more on the Kneehigh Theatre website.