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Carnival Messiah Film Screening

  • Venue: Quarry Theatre
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Experience the sights, sounds and spirit of Carnival in all its cinematic beauty as Carnival Messiah comes to the screen.

Geraldine Connor’s epic reimagining of Handel’s Messiah was a cultural landmark in the Leeds arts scene. 10 years after it was last performed get closer to the action than ever before with exclusive footage and interviews from its last performance at Harewood House.

Featuring outstanding international artists, alongside the communities of Leeds, be prepared to be dazzled by the stunning costumes, voices and dance of the Caribbean.

Carnival Messiah was widely praised for its community engagement, bringing professionals, semi-professionals locals and international artists on to one stage. To this day the foundation is inundated with stories of the effect Carnival Messiah had on individuals and we are proud to say that we still work with many artists who played pivotal roles in the production.

The film has been created with thanks to Arts Council England Lottery Funding, Harewood House and Panoptical. Using never-before seen high-quality footage we will take you back through the journey of Carnival Messiah, featuring the show in full and a rare interview with Geraldine herself.

The Geraldine Connor Foundation wishes to thank Harewood House Trust (registered charity 517753) for permission to screen Carnival Messiah.



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Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A Signed performance is the usual full production with the addition of a British Sign Language Interpreter who stands on the stage interpreting the show for Deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

A relaxed performance with adaptations to technical aspects of the show, flexible seating options and a relaxed attitude to audience responses and movement in the auditorium. In our front of house space we will have a quiet room, clearer visual markers and signage, and additional staff and volunteers trained to sensitively and respectfully welcome people living with dementia and their supporters to this show.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £2.50 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


  • Captioned - Captioned
  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
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Autumn 18 / Spring 19
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Autumn 18 / Spring 19
Major funders
Arts Council England Leeds City Council The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
Principal Capital Partners
Principal Capital and Access Partner
Irwin Mitchell Solicitors