Noye’s Fludde

Dunbar Parish Church, Dunbar

Sun 11 Sept 2.30pm & 5.00pm

Music CoOPERAtive Scotland

2 Performances | Duration approx. 90 mins each

Mrs Noye
Voice of God
Pupils of Dunbar primary and grammar schools with the community of Dunbar

Assistant Director

£5 tickets for children and students in full time education

Sustaining Dunbar
Sustaining Dunbar


Credit: Noah's Ark by Dorin Coltofeanu courtesy of Wiki Commons

Since its 1958 premiere Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde has become the best-loved of all community operas combining amateur and professional musicians, children and adults in an entertaining and compelling music-drama.

Britten based it on a mediaeval Mystery Play from Chester, a re-telling of the biblical story of Noah and his Ark originally written and performed by local townsfolk.

Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland combine with local artists, pupils from Dunbar schools and the wider community to recreate Noye’s Fludde as a parable for today, contrasting the perils of mass consumerism with the rainbow promise of a more sustainable future.

A large and colourful cast of animals and birds joins a terrific cast led by international opera star Donald Maxwell as the voice of God. With distinguished conductor Sian Edwards at the helm of more than 100 performers this timeless masterwork with Britten’s richly inventive score is set to be a festival highlight.

"An unforgettable experience... extraordinarily beautiful, vivid and charming, and often deeply moving."

Opera magazine on the 1958 premiere

Dunbar Parish Church

Dunbar Parish Church, Gillespie Graham's grand red sandstone gothic church of 1821 stands proudly looking out to sea.

Damaged by fire in 1987, its spacious interior was restored with a colourful mix of ancient and modern features including an elaborate early 17th Century monument to the Earl of Dunbar and some fine 1990 stained glass by Shona McInnes and Douglas Hogg.

Dunbar Parish Church


Dunbar Parish Church
EH42 1LB

Getting there by bus

Services to Dunbar via Edinburgh, Haddington and North Berwick and Berwick upon Tweed. All stop at Dunbar High Street. Walk to the end of the High Street and take the left fork. Church on your right.

Getting there by train

Dunbar Station is on the east coast mainline and has frequent trains running through the station.
Timetables can be found at
Exit the station, at the top of the road turn right. Turn right again and you will see the church ahead of you.

Getting there by car

Follow the A1 until you reach the Spott roundabout. Take the exit for Dunbar. Follow the road to T-Junction. Take the left at this junction and the church is on your left. 30 miles from Edinburgh.



There is free car parking around the town.

There are 3 designated but unreserved spaces within church grounds for Blue Badge holders. Please email to book one of these spaces, subject to availability, first come first served.



Induction Loop:

Ladies and gents on ground (one adapted toilet) and first floors.

Wheelchair Access:

Sloped tarmac path to church. Level access into venue.

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