IT’S one of the most spectacular and colourful shows ever to hit Yorkshire.
And now Carnival Messiah – the brainchild of Huddersfield’s own Geraldine Connor – is wowing audiences.
The stunning show is being presented in a special ‘Big Top’ arena in the grounds of Harewood House until September 30. The show brings together top musicians, actors, performers, designers and artists along with rising young stars from overseas and Yorkshire, in a unique multicultural melting pot – unifying cultures, faiths, music and dance.
The show was created and is being directed by Geraldine Connor, of Skelmanthorpe, and produced by David Lascelles.
The cast includes internationally acclaimed Orisha singer Ella Andall, a big hit at this summer’s Carling Music Festival in Leeds, actor and musician Ram John Holder, best known for his roles in Channel 4’s ‘Desmonds’ and the title role in ‘Porkpie’, and young star Jonathan Bishop, from Trinidad, who began his performance career in the 2003 production of Carnival Messiah in Port-of-Spain.
They are joined by many other performers – including stilt-walkers and masquerade artists – and there are more than 700 wonderful costumes.
They were created by renowned designer Clary Salandy. Music director is Michael Lovelock, Yorkshire-trained at Bretton Hall.
Geraldine said: “I originally conceived Carnival Messiah as a way of bringing together backgrounds, ethnicities and creeds.
“What better way to do that, I thought, than through media that are universal to us all – art, theatre, dance and music.”