Rainbirds & Drumbeats


For East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network. This production, at Nottingham Playhouse, was for the 2013 EMCCAN Carnival Queen contest. I directed a part-community/part professional show that culminated in the competition. After a few weekends of workshops, putting some ideas together, we rehearsed for just five days to present a one-hour show plus the contest.  I was greatly helped by an excellent creative team, a highly supportive production team and, most of all, a group of  participants who threw themselves into a highly ambitious project from the first day through to their rather thrilling performance. Looking forward to next year!


The Team: 

Felix Cross: Director

DeNapoli: Choreographer

Mantus: DJ

Lighting Design: Steve Barnett

Alison Denholm: Production Manager

Richard Renwick: Producer, Chairman Nottingham Carnival

Diane Morgan: Creative Producer, Nitro

Donna Fox: Assistant Producer


All the participants from the Hyson Green Youth Centre and Beyond...

Alexander D Great

Jim Findley

Myrle Roach

Ishie L

Ebony Steel Band



Photo: Simon Dewey