Elegies

  • Elegies leaflet

    An intimate production of Bill Russell and Janet Hood’s song cycle

     

    This 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.

    .

    Photos by Eldredd Wolf
  • “The cast made the feat of performing with no microphones look seemingly easy, conveying their intended emotion through monologue or song convincingly and really capturing the audience’s gaze.”
    VADA Magazine ****
    (full review here)

    “In this production the characters are skilfully brought to life by an energetic cast of twelve. Each actor played two or three different roles and succeeded in convincingly creating their characters in the short amount of time allotted…The cast are all fantastic singers, the choreography is smashing, and the piano and cello accompaniment worked perfectly…The amazing sound of the cast completely surrounded me and gave me a taste of musical theatre heaven.”
    Everything Theatre ***
    (full review here)

    “As an ensemble, the cast work well together and the show flows from monologue to monologue quite seamlessly…Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens certainly had a lot to say and Marc Kelly (director) certainly brought lovely touhes of humour and humanity to the show”
    West End Wilma ***
    (full review here)