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Noah's Flood - July 2023

 

We are so proud that our KS2 children were all part of the Slung Low production of the opera Noah’s Flood. There was a performance for parents at Slung Low’s Warehouse on Thursday afternoon. On Friday evening (7 July 2023) there was a performance for the public. On Sunday 9 July there was a third performance at Depot Mayfield as part of Manchester International Festival. 

 

In the South Leeds Life it said;

''The show was a triumph, blending professionalism with community in a perfect mix as everyone joined forces to tell the story of Noah and the flood.''

 

It also said that;

''The children of Ingram Road were the stars of the show, wearing superb costumes as the animals that came two by two onto the Ark. They also sang beautifully, from memory, some quite difficult lyrics. The children playing the ravens and doves, who were sent to look for dry land performed their dance impeccably.''

 

The story of the flood and Noah’s Ark is ancient and lies at the roots of three of the world’s major religions, but it has a contemporary resonance. As Lemn Sissay, who played the Voice of God said:

“This is a play about environmental disaster, the displacement of people, boats taking the survivors into a new world. This is a very contemporary piece.”

Benjamin Britten wrote his opera Noye’s Fludde in 1958, based on the medieval mystery plays that told biblical stories in communities up and down the land.  This work was written for communities to perform in the church hall or whatever space came to hand, in this case a warehouse.

 

Declan Kennedy from Manchester Collective explained:

“The big thing we wanted to do was build a relationship with the children and the community and I think we’ve done that by really involving them in the show, they are the stars of the show. That will be unforgettable for them and have such a big impact.”

 

Alan Lane from Slung Low said:

“I talked to the kids at Ingram Road and said ‘do you want to do an opera?’ and one of the kids said ‘what’s an opera?’ I thought, well that can’t stand, we have to do this.”

 

The production was commissioned by Leeds 2023 and Manchester International Festival and supported by Arts Council England, D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, The Earl & Countess of Harewood’s Charitable Trust, Granada Foundation, Lauriston Trust, Lord and Lady Lurgan Trust, Leeds City Council, and the Shears Foundation.