Dir. Mark Dornford-May
(33min, South Africa, 2013)
In Xhosa with English Subtitles, Narrative Short
East Coast Premiere
Cape Town theatre company Isango Ensemble's new production 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. The film is 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.
Noye is now a woman and has to deal with a drunken husband, hold her family together as well as build the Ark and collect the animals. The opera is a tale for children; however the threat of global warming and its consequences make the flood seem a closer reality, and maybe a fitting end for man if he continues to display inhumanity and a lack of care for the world.