This modern adaptation of a Benjamin Britten one-act opera on the myth of Noah’s flood is sung entirely in Xhosa, with South African opera star Pauline Malefane as Noah, and is a striking metaphor for man’s inhumanity to man. A stunning feat from a troupe whose U-Carmen eKhayelitsha won the Golden Bear at Berlin in 2005.

Contemporary World Cinema

Noye's Fludde

Mark Dornford-May

Playing as part of To Repel Ghosts: Urban Tales from the African Continent

Cape Town theatre company Isango Ensemble's new production Unogumbe-Noye's Fludde is a modern adaptation of a Benjamin Britten one-act opera on the myth of Noah and the flood, from the medieval Chester Mystery Cycle. Sung entirely in Xhosa, casting South African opera star Pauline Malefane as Noah, (a fantastic gender reversal), and set in Khayelitsha, one of South Africa's largest townships, Unogumbe is a striking metaphor for man's inhumanity to man. A stunning feat from the troupe whose U-Carmen eKhayelitsha was awarded the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 2005.

RASHA SALTI

Screenings

Thu Sep 05

Jackman Hall

Regular
6:00pm
Fri Sep 06

TIFF Bell Lightbox 5

Industry
8:30pm
Sat Sep 07

Jackman Hall

Regular
9:00am