Written by
Greta Fowler,
Louise Bennett,
Henry Fowler,
Ranny Williams,

Lois Kelly and
Dennis Scott

Directed by
Noel Vaz

Lyrics by
Greta Fowler, Noel Vaz,
Louise Bennett and
Dennis Scott

Musical Director
Mapletoft Poulle

Set by
Sheila Coke

Costumes by
Eddy Thomas

Choreography by
Sheila Barnett

Lighting by
George Carter



The Story
Queenie Innerarity sells a little this and that in Kingston. She is also well known for giving tips on the winning race horses. One morning she passes on her usual tips to Hotel Jamaica owner, Roger Martin, and for the first time, she asks a friend to place a bet for her as well. Queenie's horse wins, but unfortunately, her bet wasn't placed. She had planned to use the money to entertain her daughter in style when she arrives from England in two days.

Queenie is heart broken, Maria, her pride and joy, is a famous opera singer in England. Roger, in appreciation for Queenie's winning tip, offers to host Queenie and Maria at his hotel. There is much excitement indeed when Queenie greets her daughter in fine style, courtesy of her old friend, couturier Madame Serena. Maria arrives with her controlling manager Rudolf deRadzio, and other members of her party - Mrs. Beatrice Bottomley-Hume, her secretary Rachel and their friend Jack who is also a Jamaican.

The foreigners, are treated to a taste of local flavour courtesy of Queenie's friends and the staff of the hotel. Maria, in particular is entertained by Roger who seems to have taken a liking to her. Rudolf is not too thrilled by this, for although, he is busy working out his own dastardly reasons for visiting Jamaica, he feels he must control Maria's every move, and so when Maria decides to stay for a few extra days, he reveals Queenie's low status to Maria. But love will never come between mother and daughter, and Jack, now suspicious of Rudolf, tries to find out his true plans.

Rudolf is discovered to be a smuggler and Maria, truly in love with Roger, decides that her return to Jamaica will be permanent.

Cast of Characters
Queenie: Louise Bennett
Moutamassi: Ranny Williams
Samfie: Raymond Hill
Sonny: Maurice Wilson
Zipporah: Margaret Lubbsey
Bruckup: Wilfred Barker
Roger Martin: Neville Willoughby
Maria: Mercedes Kirkwood
Mrs Beatrice Bottomley-Hume: Peggy Carley
Rachel: Elaine Cadogan
Jack: Cecil Cooper
Rudolf deRadzio: Alex Gradussov
Madame Serena: Lois Kelly
Her Assistant: Eleanor Wint
Steward: George Madden
Entre-Acte Girl: Cheryl Ryman
Street Singer: Joyce Lalor
Ship's Officer: Courtney Brammer
Photographer: Noel Heron
Vendors, Singers: Inez Hiibert, Diane Sett
Beatniks, Waiters, Sailors, Bellboys: Pauline Stone, Noel Heron, Stanley Irons, Earle Lewis, Blanche Savage, Maurice Wilson, Courtney Brammer, Winston Service, Fitz Weir, Evelyn Cooper, Frank Ashley
Dancers: Judith Cunningham, Ivan Box, Spencer Matthews, Carole McLarne, Tommy Pinnock, Gertrude Sherwood

Musical Numbers
Act One
Races Day
Ah Dream Ah Dream
Lucky Day
Money Is A Funny Ting
Poor Queenie Lose Her Money
I'll Be Walking Like A Lady
Eeny Meeny Mina Mo
Hot Canary
I Saw My Land
A Most Unusual Day
I'll Be Seeing Jamaica Tomorrow
Miss Queenie Daughter Come
I Remember
Welcome Song

Act Two
It's The Weather
Falling In Love With You
Two Different Worlds
I Like Dressing Up
Under the Banyan Tree
I Belong To You
A Special Kind Of Girl
Revival Songs
Weed Song
Be My Love
Some People Come
The Man Is A Crook
Lucky Day

Flo Wilson, Noel Peck, Pete Stewart, Ossie Wilkins, F. Walker, Eric Phillips, Herbert Nelson, L. McCormack, Carole Bacon, H. Walker, Marjorie Whylie