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The Postman and The Poet (UK Cast - 2 CDs)
Composer: Jeffrey
Lyricist: Phillips

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Based on the novel “Ardiente Paciencia” by Antonio Skarmeta

Book by Trevor Bentham and Eden Phillips
Music by Michael Jeffrey
Lyrics by Eden Phillips
Orchestrations by Craig Barna
National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Craig Barna
Studio Performance Directed by Philip Swan

Pablo Neruda, the Poet Ethan Freeman
Matilde, Neruda’s wife Jennifer Hepburn
Mario Jimenez, the Postman Simon Thomas
Jose Jiminez, Mario’s father Stuart Pendred
Beatriz Gonzalez Joanna Ampil
Rosa Gonzalez, Beatriz’s mother Siobhan McCarthy
Labbe, the Political deputy Hal Fowler
Cosme, the Postmaster Graham Bickley
Father Zulueta, the Priest Arvid Larsen

Women of Isla Negra:
Guilietta Robyn North
Carmen Jennifer Hepburn
Raffaela Madalena Alberto
Dolores Sarah Lark
Francesca Aimie Atkinson
Maria Rosa O’Reilly

Antonio Ben Watson
Paco Paul Betts
Miguel Adam Ellis
Tomas Robin Chalk
Paolo Stephen Carlile
Fernando Matt Harrop

Ardiente Paciencia is the novel by Antonio Skarmeta on which the 1994 Oscar-winning film Il Postino was based.

In contrast to the movie, the musical follows the setting and time frame of the novel: Isla Negra, a fishing village on the Chilean coast, 1970-73. Mario, inarticulate and wildly romantic, gets a job as postman to the poet Pablo Neruda. Learning from Neruda, Mario woos the beautiful Beatriz in a way that is unusual to her: in words. The pair fall in love, and after being caught in a delicate situation are forced by Beatriz’s mother, Rosa, to marry. She puts the couple to work in her taverna.

The up-and-down love story of Mario and Beatriz is set against Chile’s political backdrop in the years between the election of Marxist president Salvador Allende in 1970 and General Pinochet’s military coup of 1973. Throughout the story, Cosme, Isla Negra’s postmaster and a dedicated left-winger, clashes with Labbe, the right wing political deputy, a contest which ultimately costs Cosme his life.

Meanwhile, Mario’s hero-worship of Neruda leads him to become not only poet and lover but a Marxist follower as well. His notebook, in which he has naively written ‘Mario Jimenez – Communist’ is found by Labbe, now a henchman of Pinochet, and

as Neruda is taken into custody Mario becomes one of Chile’s ‘Disappeared’, leaving Beatriz about to give birth to their baby. She and her mother leave Isla Negra, in the hope that the child will embody the spirit of poetry and freedom with which Neruda has entrusted Mario.

2.Morning On The Quay/Be A Postman
3.Please Go On Dancing
Mario, Neruda, Matilde
Raffaela, Carmen, Dolores, Beatriz, Mario
Beatriz, Rosa, Labbe, Mario
6.See The Light
Labbe, Cosme, Mario, Jose, Rosa
Neruda, Mario
8.Dance At Rosa's
9.Lost In Love/The Argument
Mario, Beatriz, Rosa
10.Speak From The Heart
11.Poetry Is Poison
Rosa, Neruda
12.Now Is The Time
Labbe, Cosme, Neruda, Mario, Beatriz, Rosa, Company

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