2017 – Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

Elegies For Angels, Punks and Raging Queens is a song cycle with music by Janet Hood and lyrics and additional text by Bill Russell. The work features songs and monologues inspired by the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and Edgar Lee MastersSpoon River Anthology. Each of the monologues is written from the perspective of characters who’ve died from AIDS and the songs represent the feelings of friends and family members dealing with the loss.
PMOS was proud to perform Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens in conjunction with Paisley 2021 – Paisley’s bid to become city of Culture.
Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

Performance Dates 7th – 8th September 2017 – The Wynd Centre, Paisley.

Production Team

  • Director: Alasdair Hawthorn
  • Musical Director: Andrew Nicol


This play with music tells the tale from the point of view of some 30 individuals who died as a result of contracting AIDS from a wide variety of sources – such as a “regular Joe who dropped into a brothel, to a granny who was given an infected blood transfusion”. The actors step forward one by one to tell their stories in verse and song.


Patrick: Neil Simpson
Billy: Sean McCafferty
Mitch: Graeme Mackay
Jess: Jen Healy
Tina: Jenny Mae Carty
Tracey: Susan Kernohan
Charlotte: Erin Collins
Francis: Jim Murray
Ray: Martyn Agnew
Sally: Chloe Lupton
Orville: Alastair McCall
Nick: Ian McLean
Christopher: Stuart McCue-Dick
Dwight: Ryan Kane
Rebecca: Valerie Goff
Claudia: Patricia Welch
Roscoe: Iain G Condie
Helen: Jesmae Smith
Walter: Ronan O’Hara
Rafaela: Sharon Morrow
Nancy: Gayle McGeachy
Khadija: Emma Atkin
Paul: Anthony Kelly
Nat: Robert Fyfe
Joanne: Debbie Fairman
Bertha: Holly Goodwin
Bud: Antony Carter
Joe: Alasdair Hawthorn
Grace: Adele Simpson
Miles: Ross Nicol

The Singers: Johnny Collins, Jordan Findlay, Gillian Gray, Aileen Johnston and Lindsey Ross.


Act I
  • Angels, Punks & Raging Queens
  • I’m Holding On To You
  • And the Rain Keeps Falling Down
  • I Don’t Do That Anymore
  • I Don’t Know How To Help You
  • Celebrate
  • Heroes All Around
  • Spend It While You Can
  • My Brother Lived in San Francisco
  • Learning to Let Go