BARBADOS HOLDERS SEASONS
Held on the picturesque gardens of Holder’s House, this 20+ year old, annual arts festival is an outdoor theatre affair with performers from all over the world, including Barbados, Canada, USA, England and Europe. Traditionally held for two weeks in late March to early April, Holder’s Season showcases, plays, opera and even stand-up comedy.
The 2014 Holders Season
The 2013 season started early, March 9th – 23rd and proved to be as exciting as ever:
9th March 2013: Opening Night Peter Grant, Rebecca Poole and Ronne Scott All Stars - A tribute to the music of Hollywood in the 50’s and 60’s. Rosemary Phillips is the opening act.
10th March 2013: An Evening with Sir Garfield Sobers
12th March 2013: Gospel Charity Night for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. A Mahalia Jackson Evening . A rip-roaring tribute to Mahalia Jackson, the original ‘Queen of Gospel’.
14th March 2013: The Basil Fawlty Dining Experience. An Evening of Fantastic food and a hysterical recreation of one of the funniest sitcoms ever Fawlty Towers.
16th March 2013: Theatre Night “The Speech” Directed by Toby Gough
18th March 2013: African Night - Africa Entsha with support from Muntu Valdo a technological genius playing the music of West Africa.
20th March 2013: Comedy Night Paul Merton (The biggest name in improvisational comedy in the UK) and his Improv Chums.
23rd March 2013: Gala Night Russell Watson and the return of String Fever. The Broadbent family the most versatile electronic string group ever and ‘The Voice’ the people’s tenor Russell Watson
“A unique experience at one of the world’s most attractive ’boutique’ festivals — eight exquisite and varied events in The Little Theatre, Holders. All of the variety associated with Wendy Kidd’s renowned Season of performance in the grounds of Holders House — jazz, blues and classical music, theatre and comedy to die for…
Once again there would be something for everybody at the Holders Season, all of which will resound throughout the unbelievably beautiful and atmospheric grounds of Holders House. If you haven’t been before, give it a go. You will not regret it!”
2011 String Fever & Blake: Truly astonishing, witty and imaginative music by the four Broadbent brothers, a beat box and their quartet of electronic stringed instruments followed by the fast rising and thrilling “Opera Band” that is Blake — “The Classical fab four”.
2011 Comedy Night — Ranier Hersch: A massive hit on his previous visit to Holders, the musician/comedian Hersch is a huge hit all around the world with shows that include All Classical Music Explained, Mozart Ze Komplete History and Ranier Hersch’s Victor Borge.
2011 An Audience with Jim Dale: Actor, Comedian, Oscar nominated film star and star of thirteen Carry On films tells the extraordinary story of life under the spotlight with the wit, energy and vigour of a man a quarter his age.
2011 ART: Yasmina Reza’s play that boasts non stop cross fire of crackling language, serious issues of life and art expressed in outbursts of sound like Don Rickles with a degree from the Sorbonne. Brilliantly translated by Christopher Hampton … ART takes that yawny old bore, the play of ideas and jolts it to life.
2011 The African Music Night: Seckou Keita/Justin Vali — Two magical sound worlds from West and East Africa, the Koras of the Seckou Keita duo and Madagascan musical magician Justin Vali and his trio.
Craig Ogden and Escala: The two sides of classical music: Australian guitarist Craig Ogden, the pinnacle of virtuosity, coupled with the glamour of all girl quartet Escala.
2011 Comedy Night 2 — Ruby Wax: Losing it: A genuinely “laugh out loud” show by American comedienne and key figure behind the BBC television hits, Not the Nine O’ Clock News, French and Saunders and Ab-Fab. With musical accompaniment from singer /songwriter Judith Owen.
2011 Gala with Caroline O’ Connor and Three Mo’ Tenors: The whirlwind that is Australian film, West End and Broadway star Caroline O’ Connor. An unbelievably versatile artist, comedienne, dancer, singer and all round entertainer. Followed by the amazing Three Mo’ Tenors. Broadway was one of their last stops and they come to Holders with their mix of operatic arias, Blues, Gospel, soul and swing. Energy, chutzpa and charisma to die for.