Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens
It's a play. Go see.
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The Gays, doing musical theatre? Brilliantly - as evidenced by this fabulous 80's queer-fest, spruced up for a run of shows for the Terrence Higgins Trust.
A showcase of ghostly monologues from people lost to AIDS mixes serious reflection with a celebration of life. Straight boys, nurses, junkies and business women find commonality in experiences you’ll find impossible not to feel moved by - yet never lectured.
Just don't be fooled by the title and go dressed like this:
Because peeps, what the Yank’s call 'punks' aren’t actually ‘punks’. How does GT know this? Let’s just say the only person on stage wearing anything remotely similar to our Siousie Sioux meets Marilyn Manson apparel was a high class hooker with a (demure) hole in her fishnet tights. Yes, we out-whored a whore.
And we didn’t just look dirty. We felt dirty after watching Leon ‘Fit Beefcake from Brookside’s Lopez singing his big manly heart out:
Yes, grab your Gleeks and show 'em how it's really done: jazz hands baby, with big gay jazz hands. And you know what? All the performers are doing their thing for free. If that's not reason to go and show some support, know that there's a big fab drag queen in it. Date?
Catch Elegies for Angles Punks and Raging Queens at the Shaw Theatre, London until 28 August. Tickets £25/£30 – with all proceeds going to THT. shaw-theatre.com
Words: Paris Lees