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POPPY – the life and art of Jean Cocteau

Graeme Murphy as Jean Cocteau (photo ©Branco Gaica)Poppy premiered on 12 April 1978 at Sydney’s Theatre Royal and was Graeme Murphy’s first full-length work for Sydney Dance Company (it was later restaged in 1987 and 1991). Performed to a score by Carl Vine, its original production had visuals and set design by George Gittoes and Gabrielle Dalton and puppets by Joe Gladwin. Subsequent revivals have featured additional designs by Kristian Fredrikson.

Based loosely on events in the life of the French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, playwright, artist & filmmaker Jean Cocteau, the work featured in its original cast Graeme Murphy as Cocteau and Janet Vernon as Madame Cocteau. Murphy has called the work ‘a Cocteau-esque poem’.

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  • Poppy - the original poster
  • Poppy - the 1991 revival season's poster
  • Graeme Murphy as Jean Cocteau (photo ©Branco Gaica)
  • The hospital scene with Graeme Murphy as Jean Cocteau (photo @Branco Gaica)
  • Taking a Bow - the cast of Poppy (photo ©Branco Gaica)
  • Poppy (circa 1987) - Louise Dowling
  • Graeme Murphy (photo ©Robert Hartman) + self-portrait sketch by Cocteau
  • Ballet Russe's poster (by Jean Cocteau)
  • Original program (Jennifer Barry as the Angel of Death)

1978 Version

GRAEME MURPHY as Jean Cocteau

ACT I

SCENE I – In a Field of Poppies

Mme Cocteau
JANET VERNON

Cocteau as a child
JOHN HULL

SCENE II – The Schoolroom

Dargelos
ROSS PHILIP

Schoolboys
PAUL MERCURIO
BRETT MORGAN
GIDEON OBARZANEK
DALE PENGELLY
CARL PLAISTED
STEVEN STUGGITT

SCENE III – The Cabaret

Contesse Anne De Noailles
JANET VERNON

Raymont Radiguet
BILL PENGELLY

Barbette, the Aerialist
DAVID PRUDHAM

Can-Can
GIDEON OBARZANEK
TAMASSIN NOLAN
NIKKI O’SHEA

Parisian Society
THE COMPANY

SCENE IV – Backstage at the Ballet Russes

Ballerina
LOUISE DELEUR

Serge Diaghilev
ALFRED WILLIAMS

Ninjinsky, the Dancer
BRETT MORGAN

Ninjinsky, the Soul
DAVID PRUDHAM

Ninjinsky, the choreographer
PAUL MERCURIO

Tamara Karsarvina
CATHERINE GOSS

The chosen Maiden in 'Le Sacre du Printemps'
GEORGIA SHEPERD
with THE COMPANY

SCENE IV – Radiguet’s Death

Raymont Radiguet
BILL PENGELLY

The Angel of Death
CYNTHIA LOCHARD

Mourners
THE COMPANY

ACT II

Nurses
LEA FRANCIS with
LOUISE DELEUR
KATHRYN DUNN
CATHERINE GOSS
TAMASSIN NOLAN
NIKKI O’SHEA
JAN PINKERTON
GEORGIA SHEPHERD

Galahad
BILL PENGELLY

The Angel of Death
CYNTHIA LOCHARD

Death’s attendant
GIDEON OBARZANEK
DALE PENGELLY

Orpheus
CARL PLAISTED

Eurydice
GEORGIA SHEPHERD

Oedipus
ROSS PHILIP

Jocasta
JANET VERNON

Merlin
ADRIAN BATCHELOR

Guinevere
LOUISE DELEUR

The boys from 'Le Livre Blanc'
PAUL MERCURIO
BRETT MORGAN
GIDEON OBARZANEK
DALE PENGELLY
CARL PLAISTED
DAVID PRUDHAM
ALFRED WILLIAMS

Choreography and Artistic Direction
GRAEME MURPHY AO

Creative Associate
JANET VERNON AM

Music
CARL VINE

Design
GEORGE GITOES
GABRIELLE DALTON

Additional Design
KRISTIAN FREDRIKSON

Puppets
JOE GLADWIN

Lighting Design
RODERIK van GELDER
After the 1987 Lighting Design by
JOHN DRUMMOND MONTGOMMERY

The Video

OB Supervisor
WARWICK JOHNSON

Technical Director
GREG ROBERTS

CCU Operators
CATHY CONWAY
PAUL REMATI

Camera
CHRIS BITCON
PHILIPPE CHARLUET
BOB FRANKEL
JOHN LEAHY
JOHN THORNTON
PAUL WARREN

Audio Director
STEVE BEST

Vision Switcher
DANEILLE HUNTER

Graphics
YAJA

Producers
CHRIS BOLLARD
PHILIPPE CHARLUET

Executive Producer
PAULINE WEBBER

A Video Directed and Edited by
PHILIPPE CHARLUET