All aboard the Ark for Wheathampstead opera

Polar bear

Polar bear - Credit: Archant

Benjamin Britten’s 60-minute community opera, Noye’s Fludde, in aid of a village church is being performed late next week.

The community production can be seen at St Helen’s Church in Wheathampstead High Street at 7.30pm from next Thursday, October 20, to Saturday, October 22, with an additional 5pm performance on Saturday.

It is directed by Tim Armstrong-Taylor, conducted by David Ireson and local artist Nick Schon has produced the flyer.

Ten of the children playing animals took part in a workshop at the Trestle Theatre in St Albans to create the masks they wear as they process into the ark - a flat pack version of which is ready to be put up on stage in full view of the audience.

In addition, the handbell ringers who are taking part have created a pulley system to raise the sail.

All proceeds from the opera will go to the Friends of St Helen’s and tickets at £12 with concessions £10 and children £5 are available from Frost’s in the village or by calling 01582 833581.