Based on Puccini’s beloved opera La Bohème, the award-winning musical RENT follows the ups and downs of a year in the life of a group of impoverished, artistic friends living in Manhattan’s East Village. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, struggles to find his place in the world; his roommate Roger, an HIV-positive musician, wonders how he will leave his mark before he dies. Mimi and Angel look for true love as they face the harsh reality of life as HIV-positive young people, while the businesslike Joanne seeks fidelity from her wild-child performance artist girlfriend Maureen. The group’s dreams, losses, and love stories weave through the musical’s narration to paint a stunningly raw and emotional portrait of the gritty bohemian world of New York City in the late 1980s, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.
Come to Laird Hall to share in the experience, 18-20th April, doors at 6.30pm each night for a 7pm start, with the fantastic Cellar Bar open as usual. Tickets £4 on the door, over 18s only.
Wednesday night: traditional sports night
Thursday night: NEW societies night, for individuals or society groups looking for a quieter audience with minimal heckles
Friday night: final show and afterparty (location TBC)
Proceeds are going to the Terrence Higgins Trust, to support people whose lives are affected by HIV/AIDS. http://www.tht.org.uk/