Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens is a deeply moving tribute to those who have died from AIDS and the loved ones they have left behind. Originally titled “The Quilt”, this song cycle with lyrics and book by Bill Russell and music by Janet Hood, was inspired by the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, conceived in 1985 in San Francisco to commemorate the lives lost in the AIDS pandemic.
This stirring, commemorative work is a patchwork of monologues and stories of life, love, and legacies, presented in free verse with beautiful and eclectic songs subtly linking them together; a fitting tribute to those lost to the virus. Janet Hood’s score and Bill Russell’s heart-breaking words give us a real glimpse into the sadness and horror that unfurled during the 1980s, and subsequently, the fight and community support that grew from it. Filled with love, laughter, and longing, Elegies is first and foremost an awakening of hope and a celebration of life.
Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens is on at The Union Theatre, Old Union Arches, 229 Union Street, Southwark, SE1 0LR from Wednesday 15th May – Saturday 8th June. Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm
Admission: £22 (standard rate) £20 (concessions). Phone: 020 7261 9876