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 1959 Noye’s Fludde Original Performance Poster - Lancing College Chapel, Sussex.

A fine original poster for the performance of the Chester miracle play “Noye’s Fludde”, set to music by Benjamin Britten, Noye being played by Norman Lumsden and Mrs Noye by Nancy Thomas. Featuring an attractive central image, designed and printed at Lancing College. The performance dates shown as July 21st, 22nd and 24th (1959).

Approx. 510x720mm., small 20mm tear at upper right (well clear of the design) and very slight printing smudge. Rare.

Britten said he believed in "occasional music … Almost every piece I have ever written has been composed with a certain occasion in mind, and usually for definite performers." In 1957, after hearing a concert performed by several hundred East Suffolk children in Aldeburgh Church, Britten decided to write a work for school children to sing and play and act in a "big building, … preferably a church – but not a theatre." He chose to base his church parable on a Chester Miracle play, a form of medieval drama based on church liturgy with the addition of dialogue and dramatic action, originally performed in Latin. Miracle plays, which lasted from sunrise to sunset, were performed by one of the Guilds on a cart known as a pageant, which moved about the town. The plays were given in churchyards and marketplaces on church festival days. The Chester Miracle Plays, so named because of the city in which they were performed, dated from 1475 to 1500. Britten frequently based his work on the conflict between a simple man and corrupt society and this theme is dramatically present in Noye's Fludde, where the innocent children and animals present a strong contrast to the wickedness of the society God destroys in the flood. Noye's Fludde, featuring children as performers, also contains an adult speaking part – the Voice of God, and Noye and Mrs. Noye are sung by a bass-baritone and contralto, respectively. The original Chester Miracle play contained forty-nine different species of animals; Britten used thirty-five kinds of animals (played by children) in pairs in the first production of Noye's Fludde which was performed in Orford Church, Suffolk, as part of the Aldeburgh Festival on June 18th 1958. This poster comes from one of the earliest performances of the work in July 1959 at Lancing College, a place which had special meaning to Britten.

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