Longline: the carnival opera
For the past three years, Welfare State International has been working with local communities to explore the stories and landscapes of Morecambe Bay. The opera will weave these strands together to create a performance involving professional musicians and performers, a hundred-strong cast, acrobats, choirs, brass bands, percussion groups, processions, ﬁlm, huge animated lanterns, ﬁreworks and poetry.
Longline: the Carnival Opera is an ecological fable, and will reveal the compelling history of the danger and seduction of Morecambe Bay, from prehistory to its electronic and terrifying future.
Musical direction is by Tim Fleming. Lead musicians will include tabla player Inder Goldfinger(Manic Street Preachers), Tyndale Thomas (Liverpool Philharmonic Gospel Choir), James Squire, Dan Fox and Ali Rigg.
Longline: the carnival opera will be the last production by John Fox and Welfare State International.
Longline: the carnival opera is part of Longline, WSI’s three-year project exploring and celebrating the mythology, ecology and life of Morecambe Bay.
Other performance productions were: One Rock, and Barebones Associated projects were Bay Tales, a book of stories gathered from local people around Morecambe Bay
and Moons in the Mud by Hannah Fox, an installation of the domestic patchwork of these stories.
These followed WSI's mixed-media installation, Nativity of the Beasts in 2001, an elegy to the death of animals from the foot-and-mouth outbreaks in Cumbria, and a creative response containing a song of hope celebrating birth and fresh growth.