Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

The British Theatre Academy will be presenting a one night concert of Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens at the Charing Cross Theatre on Sunday 4th September. Funds will go towards giving young people opportunities to train and perform for free in Professional Theatres. 

Heading up the mixture of students and professionals are Jaymi Hensley (Union J), Anton Stephans (X Factor), Gerard McCarty (The Fall), Edward Bennett (Photograph 51), Max Bowden & Becky Craven (Waterloo Road), Harry Francis (Book of Mormon), Akiya Henry (Silent Witness) and Matthew Seadon Young (Urinetown).

A musical song cycle inspired by the Names Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens celebrates those who have lost their lives to AIDS. Through a series of dramatic, powerful and emotionally intense monologues, we hear the struggles of various people who have battles with the disease. Each coming from very different walks of life, every character has their own unique story to share, but one tragic link in common. Interspersing these stories are the poignant and uplifting songs from the victims' loved ones, reminding us that AIDS affects the lives of more than the individual sufferers. 

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Creative team: Director Hannah Chissick, Choreographer Matt Cole, Production Designer Adrian Gee, Lighting Designer Rob Halliday, Sound Designer Andrew Johnson, Musical Director Jordan Li-Smith, Producer & Casting Director Danielle Tarento


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