Shrewsbury Abbey Prepares for Fluddes

Next week Shrewsbury High School is leading a performance of Noye’s Fludde in Shrewsbury Abbey to celebrate Britten Centenary Year, from Tuesday 22nd October to Thursday 24th October.

Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde is a unique piece of musical theatre.  This unique hour of absorbing entertainment for all the family will see the Abbey transformed into a giant Ark with 120 ‘animals’ arriving two by two, a dramatically lit storm and flood scene, complete with dancers surrounding the audience and mesmerising performances from local soloists.

The High School is no stranger to large-scale musical projects and this is the perfect opportunity for the school to work with children from other local schools and county musicians in a very special performance.

Digital media artist Andy McKeown (known for spectacular light and projection shows, most recently lighting up the Flax Mill open weekend) is producing the stage projection using a huge screen and professional theatrical costumier Beverley Baker and Birmingham-based mask maker Garry Jones have developed the stunning costumes and masks. The show’s producer is Maggie Love, Artistic Director of Shrewsbury Youth Theatre.

CELEBRATION

Head of Music at Shrewsbury High School and Musical Director of the production, Maureen Powell Davies said, “It has been so exciting to bring this music to life again. The really unique aspect of Noye’s Fludde is that every production is totally different; it lends itself to large community projects, where the results depend entirely on the people involved and resources available.  As such, it is a great way to celebrate this special Britten Centenary Year.” 

Thanks go to the project sponsors: Wace Morgan, Shrewsbury Town Council, Shropshire LJC, The Walker Trust and Shrewsbury High School.

This community project could not have happened without the participation of 240 adults and children from the following schools: Shrewsbury High School (providing the core of orchestra, soloist and dancers), Shrewsbury High Prep School, St Georges Junior School, Coleham Primary School, Mereside Primary School, Shrewsbury Sixth Form College, The Priory School, Meole Brace School, Adam’s Grammar School, Newport

All performances start at 7:00pm and tickets are available (adults £10.00, children £5.00, plus booking fee) from wegottickets.com or from the Shropshire Trophy and Bowling Centre, Milk Street, Shrewsbury, SY1 1SZ

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