The Flood

Norwich Cathedral

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A show with unforgettable images.

This retelling of memories of the first and second world wars gleaned from Sprowston Heritage Archive, and inspired by the roll of honour in St Mary's and St Margaret's Church, brought us the heartbreak people faced, as brothers, fathers, uncles and nephews were lost. We dived in and out of characters' consciousness and saw the nightmares that still clung to them.

And as we promenaded from nave to transept and from presbytery to cloister, the spectacle that sprung up included searchlights, soldiers, shoe-factory girls and giant explosions.

The music, under MD Adrian Connell, was a blend of live vintage songs and the strikingly dramatic The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins.

Perhaps the most moving of all the episodes was a section in the rain, in which the children who had lost their lives all over Europe were remembered, sitting in their schoolroom, singing songs and laughing.

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“A young man in our memories, a hero in our hearts”. Long may we remember the roll of honour and the real people behind the names.

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