Bizet’s opera with helpings from a seedy 1960s diner

A scene from Matthew Bourne's The Car Man, an adaptation of Georges Bizet's Carmen, this time transferred to 1960's America.  Photo by Jonas Persson.
A scene from Matthew Bourne's The Car Man, an adaptation of Georges Bizet's Carmen, this time transferred to 1960's America. Photo by Jonas Persson.
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Georges Bizet’s Spanish tale of flirtation, temptation, conspiracy and betrayal has been transported to a spaghetti western-themed America in Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man.

Central characters Lana (Londoner Zizi Strallan who recently toured in the title role of Mary Poppins) and drifter Luca (West Midlander Christopher Trenfield) play a dangerous game of lust and revenge which ultimately ends in a fight to the death as love takes an inevitable turn for the worst.

Lana and Luca are supported by a motley crew of characters, ranging from garage-diner owner Dina Alfano (Alan Vincent) who it is hard to tell whether he is Lana’s father or undesired lover to younger sister and conscience of the whole production Rita (Kate Lyons).

The stage show was dominated by breathtaking displays of energy from the main cast and supporting dancers from Matthew Bourne’s very own New Adventures dance company.

A surprisingly modest South Holland Centre audience were also dazzled by the startling set and intriguing flashbacks from the main Grease-like garage-diner to a nightclub bistro, complete with black-suited mobsters, straight out of the 1980s.

Winston Brown