Manchester Pride Celebrates with Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens

Manchester Pride Celebrates with Angels, Punks, and Raging QueensBill Russell and Janet Hood's musical 'Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens' will soon be performed in Manchester as an official event for Manchester Pride this August. The show is being produced by Side by Side Productions, a fringe theatre company set up to in 2009 to create opportunities in developing the up coming musical theatre fringe scene for actors and audiences in the North West.

Inspired by the NAMES Project Memorial Quilt, 'Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens' is an immensely powerful musical written to involve the community in a theatrical response to the AIDS crisis from the early 1980's to the present day. Told through a spectrum of individuals who are living with or have suffered from HIV/AIDS, they address loss of life and celebrate spirit, love and support through humour, song, rage and hope. Elegies applauds and reflects on some important lives, generating a feeling of love, humanity and common cause that will send you out glowing.

The production will be supporting the work of HIV charity George House Trust, through association with Manchester Pride this year. The show runs nightly at 7:15pm on the 20th-24th August at Joshua Brooks and you can get a ticket to see this rarely performed gem of a show for just £8 (in advance) from

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