The performance of Elegies is a song cycle, or a series of songs by a single composer that are poetically related to form a unified work, which also includes a series of actors who step forward to talk about the life story of individuals who have died of AIDS. 


  • The piece is influenced by the initial unveiling of the Names Project Quilt, the hand-sewn memorial to people who have died from AIDS.  The quilts, which survivors have stitched together from individual memorial "patches," are sewn together to form larger quilts.


  • This performance was the London premiere of the piece.


  • Transferred to the Drill Hall after closing at the King's Head.


Character:

Paul (Described as "a Vietnam veteran, who is a strong leading man type with a great speaking voice")

Playwright/Director: 
Bill Russell

Lyrics: 
Bill Russell

Music: 
Janet Hood
Editor:
Rita Mayer

Venue: 
King's Head; Drill Hall

Additional Cast:
George Heslin, Regina Fong

Status:
Performed at the King's Head from 10 November 1992 to 24 December 1992 and at the Drill Hall from 19 January 1993 to 17 February 1993

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