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.
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.