Poster PASSION FLOWER - November 1974

PASSION FLOWER is an adaptaion for the amateur stage of Bizet's opera CARMEN in which the Spanish gypsy lives only for sensuality. After she has loved many, she is attracted by the sergeant Don José, encompasses him with her wiles, and leads him to mutiny and desertion, so that finally nothing remains for him but to join a band of smugglers of which Carmen is a member.

His fate is endurable as long as he retains the love of Carmen, but when she turns from him he is sunk in the depths of despair. Called to the death-bed of his mother, on returning he finds Carmen before the arena in Seville with the bull fighter Escamillo, to whom she has promised her love if he is the victor at the fight. She is approached by José, who asks her to return to him, and when she coldly repulses him he stabs her through the heart.

Based on the book by Prosper Merimée CARMEN was first performed on 3rd March 1875 at the Paris Opéra Comique. Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy.

The musical Carmen Jones opened on Broadway in December 1943 and ran for 502 performances. Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. The 1954 film starred Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte.

Morales Peter Latham
Dancairo John Beckwith
Remendado Christopher Grist
Mercedes Ann Peyton-Bruhl
Frasquita Barbara Thwaites
Lillas Pastia Geoff Gingell
Micaela Sara Foster
Jose Ron Brown
Captain Zuniga Tony Willcocks
Carmen Eileen Walker
Manuelita Josie Beckwith
Escamillo Jim Dyer
Ladies of the Chorus Muriel Alford, Audrey Blow, Janet Blow, Jean Cappi, Kay Carter, Hilda Coulstock, Christine Dubber, Marion Ellerton, Wendy Freeth, Irene Hind, June Jones, Myra Jones, Valerie Lindridge, Eve Redman, Joan Rowe, Barbara Smith, Betty Smith, Sandra Tucker, Queenie Walker, Midge Wallace, Jill Walton, Dot Waters
Dancers Sonia Atkinson, Daphne Barnes, Jean Brown, Wendy Evans, Carole Gennings, Gillian Gingell, Ann McCarter, Janet Ross
Gentlemen of the Chorus Peter Blow, Ray Cappi, Trevor Chapman, John Clark, Bill Coulstock, Roy Dowling, Don Gordon, Richard Hazelgrove, Dennis Jones, Ed O'Keefe, Jim Packer, Len Packer, Jerry Parkes, Tony Peyton-Bruhl, David Rodgers, Bill Stone, Colin Watts, Trevor Willcocks
Producer & Choreographer Audrey Pring
Musical Director Brian Eastop
Official Accompanist Des Stone, John Evans
Stage Manager Bob Gutherson
Assistant Stage Manager Alan Prosser
Lighting Design Laurie Upton
Lighting Michael Page, Mark Pole, Paul Redman, Steven King
Sound Effects Brian Ross
Scenic Artists Laurie Upton, Edward Nadal
Stage Crew Malcolm Bernhardt, Bob Helliar, Duncan McClellan, Ted Appleton, Ernie Tiller, Alan Booth, Barry Kedleck, Norman Rock, John Chorley, Jim Curtiss, Marion Brooks
Wardrobe Joyce Slaughter, Celia Parfitt
Properties Barbara Thwaites, Barbara Smith, Edna McRae
Publicity Eric Tompkinson, June Evans, Christopher Grist, Betty Richards
Ticket Control Vera Butler, June Evans, Eric Tompkinson