In response to coronavirus and the theatre industry’s shutdown, the talented cast of Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens – which ran last year at The Union Theatre in Southwark – have recorded a moving tribute to NHS heroes and freelancers.
They performed the song Heroes, from the show written by Janet Hood and Bill Russell, with each person in isolation contributing their part.
The cast say they hope the song will raise spirits and vital funds for people who are finding it hard to cope in the present circumstances.
All of the funds raised will be split evenly between NHS Charities Together, and Funds for Freelancers.
NHS Charities Together is providing relief for NHS workers that regular funding doesn’t cover; this includes providing comfortable spaces so NHS staff and volunteers can have breaks, providing electronic tablets to patients, staff and volunteers so they can stay in contact with their loved ones, and offering counselling support to protect mental health, and help staff and volunteers process the issues they are facing during the pandemic.
Funds for Freelancers is a charity initiative set up by the Turbine Theatre in London.
It was created in the wake of the theatre closures mid-March to help as many people in the theatre industry as possible.
Donations will go to performers, NHS workers and volunteers alike.
You can watch the and listen to the song as well as donate to their cause by visiting their GoFundMe webpage at https://www.gofundme.com/f/jspdp7-we-need-heroes
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