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White Bear Theatre and Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

Angels Punks and Raging QueensThis is the first production for producers Marc Kelly and Elizabeth Chadwick, with the production supporting and promoting the work of The Terrence Higgins Trust.

This AIDS Memorial quilt is made up of a patchwork of panels that are dedicated to the memories of the people that lost their lives from this disease. The musical is a series of monologues in free verse; each one is based upon a single panel from the quilt, telling the story of their struggle with the disease, their achievements and the people that affected their lives for the better or for the worse. These monologues are interspersed with a Blues, Jazz and Rock Score with the songs telling the stories of the people that are the loved ones, family and partners of people who have been the victim of AIDS. This piece is touching, sad, funny, heart warming, but most of all it is a celebration of the lives of these people that have been struck down by this disease.

The production will be supporting and promoting the work of The Terrence Higgins Trust, with all profit from programme sales being donated to the trust.

First time producers, Marc Kelly and Elizabeth Chadwick, are proud to be putting on this show as their first production together and have brought a diverse cast of talented actors and singers to perform it.  As well as producing the show, Marc will be directing the piece and Elizabeth will be a member of the ensemble showing their varied skills in the theatrical world.

I was very excited to be asked by Marc to co-produce this show with him.  We’ve been friends for years and performed together many times, but this is our first time producing together.  We couldn’t have asked for a better cast and theatre in the White Bear and we are enjoying every minute” – Elizabeth Chadwick

It is important to find the happiness in this piece, because after all it is about people living with Aids and not dying from it. We must remember that it is a celebration and the audience must feel that too. It is my aim for the audience to leave with a smile and a sense of joy; knowing that people live fulfilling lives while battling a life threatening disease” – Marc Kelly

The production will run from Tuesday 18th February to Sunday 2nd March at the White Bear Theatre in Kennington, London.

Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens
Music by Janet Hood, Lyrics and Text by Bill Russell
A musical song cycle inspired by the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.

For more information and to book tickets visit:
www.whitebeartheatre.co.uk
Tickets are £14, £10 (conc).
The show contains some adult themes and children should attend at parents’ discretion.

Wednesday 5th February 2014

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