UNOGUMBE SELECTED FOR TORONTO WORLD CINEMA SECTION

// 20th of August, 2013

Isango Company’s latest adaptation of Benjamin Britten’s NOYE’S FLUDDE heads for Toronto following its selection in the World Cinema Section.

Noye's Fludde (Noah's Flood), is a 1957 opera by Benjamin Britten. The text is based on an edition by Alfred W. Pollard of an early 15th-century mystery play from the Chester Mystery Cycle. The opera was originally written to be performed in a church or a large hall - but at Britten’s request, not in a theatre - it was also intended for a cast primarily of
amateurs.

The traditional opera called for the orchestra to have a small concertino ensemble of professionals consisting of string quintet, recorder, piano (four hands), organ, and timpani. The amateur ripieno orchestra calls for strings, recorders, bugles, hand-bells, and percussion. The audience, which Britten referred to as the "congregation", is invited to join in by
singing along in the three hymns inserted into the original text.

In this reworked version by South Africa’s Isango Ensemble, the piece is adapted and reworked in a South African setting using the local language (Xhosa).

Further to Berlinale winner UCarmen eKhayelitsha and Sundance hit Son of Man, Mark Dornford May and Isango Company are selected at another A Festival.