elegies-heading-03-05-2015 copyElegies For AngelsPunks and Raging Queens is a song cycle with music by Janet Hood and lyrics and additional text by Bill Russell. The work features songs and monologues inspired by the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology. Each of the monologues is written from the perspective of characters who’ve died from AIDS and the songs represent the feelings of friends and family members dealing with the loss.

The piece was developed in the late 1980s and was originally titled “The Quilt.” It was produced first at the Ohio Theatre in Soho in NYC in 1989, where the new title was adopted. In 1992, it was produced at the King’s Head Theatre in London, where it played for several months. In June 1993, the production was transferred to the Criterion Theatre in London’s West End.

Bill Russell has adapted the piece over the years and has kindly given us permission to be the first people to produce this “new version for the 21st century”.

The evening is not only there to raise much needed funds for The Make A Difference Trust but also to help raise awareness about Aids which is still as important now as ever before.

DATE:Sunday 31st May 2015
TIME:7.00pm (VIP Reception from 6.00pm)
VENUE:Criterion Theatre, 218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, London, W1V 9LB.
DIRECTOR:Stephen Whitson
PRODUCERS:Leon Kay for First Light Theatre, in association with TheatreMAD

Cast members who are confirmed so far* include: Vivienne Acheampong, Simon Bailey, Paul Baker, Daniel Boys, Natalie Bush, James Charlton, Adam Colbeck Dunn, Michelle Crook, Fra Fee, Sarah French, Tom Gillies, Rachel Lea Gray, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Emma Hatton, Paul Hazel, Nick Hendrix, Graham Hoadly, Freddy Hutchins, Lauren Ingram, Kurt Kansley, Emma Kingston, Emma Lindars, Leon Lopez, Grace McKee, Matt McKenna, Ako Mitchell, Ursula Mohan, Katie Paine, Michael Pickering, Ella Marshall-Pinder, Kelly Price, Sophia Ragavelas, Grace Reynolds, Paul Riddiford, Joanna Riding, Oliver Saville, Adam Stafford, Alwyne Taylor, Izabella Urbanowicz, Miles Western, Emma Williams, Gary Wood, Matthew Wycliffe (*subject to availability; further names to be announced).

TICKET PRICES:£75.00 VIP Champagne Reception

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