Buy the cd main tab
music by
the story
creative team
Buy the cd

the creative team
isla negra

Trevor Bentham (Co-book writer)
Eden Phillips (Lyrics & co-book writer)
Michael Jeffrey (Music)
Antonio Skarmeta (Author, Ardiente Paciencia)
Craig Barna (Musical direction/orchestrations)
John Yap (Producer)
Alex Scannell (Recording & mixing engineer)
Philip Swan (Recording director)


Trevor Bentham (Co-book writer)
Worked for thirty years in West End theatre management, before retiring to write full-time. Has written for BBC radio many times, several television plays and two movies: A Month By the Lake (1995) for Miramax, starring Vanessa Redgrave, Edward Fox and Uma Thurman, and The Clandestine Marriage (1999) with Nigel Hawthorne, Joan Collins and Timothy Spall. Trevor has also written for theatre, though screenplay is his preferred medium

Eden Phillips (Lyrics & co-book writer)
Degree in Drama, University of Manchester. Worked as an actor for ten years, mainly in television (Granada TV, Yorkshire TV, BBC) including the title role in Potter's Picture Palace (BBC, 1976-78) before making a career in magazine publishing. Founded the companies Edenco Creative (1997) and Eden Theatre (2010)

Musicals Book and lyrics for Alfie the Musical (1997, music by John Cameron) Oldham Coliseum, Belgrade Coventry; revived in a new version 2005, Watford Palace; Love In A Cold Climate (1998, music by Julian Slade); Six Nights in Naples (2012, music by Richard Link) demo recording available 2013. Author, Dorothy Fields Forever (2001 - 02, music by Jimmy McHugh, Jerome Kern, Cy Coleman and others) Theatre Museum, Jermyn Street Theatre, King's Head Islington
Lyrics Remember When (1999, song cycle, music by Charles Miller); more than 100 songs for children for the series Little Story Teller (1985) and The Guzunder Gang (2000, music for both by Tim Cross)

making the musical

Michael Jeffrey (Music)

Awards BAFTA 2009 (A Child's Christmas); winner Michael Stewart award, USA (Pterodactyl Island, 2002). Nominated for: International Kidscreen award (2010), Evening Standard award (Edmund Kean,1999), Spirit of Broadway award (The Rose and the Ring, 2005)
Musicals The Postman and The Poet (2012), The Rose and the Ring (2002), Escape from Pterodactyl Island (1999), The Meteoric Rise of Edmund Kean (1997), High Hair and Jalapenos (2008, 2009)
Television and film A Child's Christmas (2008, S4C), The Thirteenth Kitten (Sky 2006), Pumpkin Moon (Channel 5 and Sky Film, 2005), The Fantastic Flying Journey (ITV series, 2002)
Art Established ART-AIM In 1997 to help artists exhibit their work in West End galleries
Audio books Original music for Story Teller, a 40 part magazine and CD series for Russia and Ukraine (2007), A Child's Christmas (2008)
Theatre and education Composer for Young National Trust Theatre (1994 – 2000), musical director for RADA summer school (2005, 2006), composer for Trinity College London (2006)
Orchestral and choral music Millennium symphony (2000), Christmas cantata (1999) Jubilate (1998), Misa Brevis (1996)
Producer Founded Brave New World Productions in 1999 to develop new musicals and television programmes. Produced the first London and Off-off Broadway productions of Escape from Pterodactyl Island and The Rose and the Ring, and the King's Head and Watford Palace versions of Edmund Kean. Currently in production: Helena's Story, a film about Alzheimer's, and Stefan and the Lost Dove

composers notes

Antonio Skarmeta (author, Ardiente Paciencia)
Antonio was born in Antofagasta, Chile. He studied philosophy and literature, both in Chile and in New York at Columbia University. In 1973, after teaching literature at the University of Chile, he worked first of all in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and later in Berlin. His novels and books of short stories have been published in more than 30 languages.
His first novel El entusiasmo (The Enthusiasm) was published in 1967, followed by Desnudo en el tejado (Naked on the Roof) 1969 and Tiro libre (Free Kick) in 1973. In 1985 he published Ardiente Paciencia (Ardent Patience) which was the inspiration of the film Il Postino (1994), as well as the source work of Daniel Catan's opera of the same title, first produced at the Los Angeles Opera in 2010 with Placido Domingo as Neruda, and the musical The Postman and the Poet. Antonio's most recent novel is Los dias del arco iris (Days of the Rainbow) published in Spanish in 2010. The following year it was awarded one of the world's richest and most prestigious prizes for literature, the Premio Iberoamericano Planeta de America de Narrativa. It will be published in English in 2013 by The Other Press of New York.
Antonio first served on the jury of the Berlin International Film Festival in 1987 and the Berlin connection continued between 2000 – 2003 when he was Chile's ambassador to Germany. During his posting there he first discussed the idea of a musical theatre version of Ardiente Paciencia with the Postman and Poet team.
The film No, based on Skarmeta's novel Referendum, was nominated as Best Foreign-Language Film at the 2013 Academy Awards. Starring Gael Garcia Bernal, it is set in Chile in 1988, and deals with the publicity campaign that helped oust General Pinochet after 18 years as dictator.
Antonio and his wife Nora live near Santiago, not far from Pablo Neruda's beloved Isla Negra

Craig Barna (Musical direction/orchestrations)
Craig has conducted on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in Los Angeles, and for many prominent stock and regional theatre companies across the USA. Along the way he has had the pleasure of working with Carol Channing, Juliet Prowse, Jack Jones, Ben Vereen, Helen Reddy, Michael York, and Jack Black among others, and conducted national tours of Grease with Jack Wagner, and Camelot with Michael York and Lou Diamond Phillips, as well as the touring and Broadway companies of Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby, Jesus Christ Superstar with Ted Neeley and Carl Anderson, and Broadway's milestone Cats.
Other highlights include TV appearances on the Today show, the Rosie O'Donnell Show, the 1999 Tony Awards, and acting as musical director/music producer for the Emmy award-winning TV production of Peter Pan, as well as conducting symphony concerts for John Raitt, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Richard White and Susan Powell. He has performed for US Presidents Ford and Bush and is also a prolific composer and arranger. Craig's recordings for JAY Records of Good News, Peter Pan, Singin' in the Rain and many others are available worldwide. His orchestrations can be heard in Good News, Singin' in the Rain, the York/Phillips Camelot, and Broadway's Peter Pan. Mr. Barna was born and raised in California, educated in Arizona, and resides in Manhattan.

John Yap (producer)
John Yap started TER/JAY Records in 1980 with a 'live' recording of the revue Nashville, New York at The King's Head Theatre. Even though this was a humble Fringe production, it is quite clear that the quality of the works is inherent and important to TER/JAY's choice of recordings, a standard that has endured to this day. In over 30 years John has produced hundreds of recordings, including works by Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Alan Jay Lerner, Kander and Ebb, Kurt Weill, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern and virtually every other important Broadway and West End writer and composer. In addition to recording Original Broadway Cast, West End Cast, European Cast and Off-Broadway Cast albums, he has worked with and recorded productions by The Royal Opera House, The English National Opera, The D'Oyly Carte Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Chichester Festival Theatre and, in New York, The Lincoln Center Theatre. John has worked with and recorded stars from the stage, opera, TV and movies. They include Liza Minnelli, Judi Dench, Richard Harris, Thomas Allen, Valerie Masterson, Josephine Barstow, Lesley Garrett, Chita Rivera, Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lee, Brian May (of Queen), Cleo Laine, Anthony Newley, Betty Buckley, Sarah Brightman, John Barrowman, Michael Ball, Elisabeth Welch, Willard White, Patti LuPone, John Houseman, Dora Bryan, Honor Blackman, Natalia Makarova, Julia Migenes, Brian Cox, Pat Suzuki, Ron Raines, Sian Phillips, Elaine Paige, Alfred Molina and Carol Channing, among many others.

Alex Scannell (recording and mixing engineer)
After 10 years working at the world famous Abbey Road studios, Alex now alternates his specialisation of location recording and remote mixing with studio work. Among the many musicals recordings he has brought his experience to are: the RNT's South Pacific, The Musicality of Andrew Lloyd Webber (both 2001), Cole Porter's Anything Goes, starring Sally Ann Triplett (2003), the promotional recording of Trevor Nunn's production of Porgy and Bess (2006) and the original cast recording of The Railway Children (2008).
Says Alex: 'The Postman and the Poet was the largest remote mixing project I've ever taken on and we were really pushing the boundaries of the technology. I thoroughly enjoyed working with composer Michael Jeffrey during the process and it was great to be working with John and the TER team again.'

Philip Swan (recording director)
Philip Swan has been Director of Theatre at Highgate School and Artistic Director of Collyer Hall Theatre, King's College School, Wimbledon. He founded and directed the KCS Theatre Company which performed every year at the Edinburgh Festival from 1993 to 2009 and at the Arts Theatre in London's West End (Never The Sinner, 1996). He directed Sting for Nolte (2007) at The Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh, and the Latchmere Theatre, London, and The Christmas Edition at the Old Red Lion. He won the 'Teapot Award' for Best Director at the Edinburgh Festival 2007.