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HIV message in rock opera; Theatre extra.

Byline: MARION McMULLEN

COVENTRY performers are getting ready to rock ... for charity.

Local theatre company Wing-it is staging rock musical Rent next week to help raise money for the Terrence Higgins Trust Terrence Higgins Trust is a British charity that campaigns on various issues related to AIDS and HIV. In particular, the charity aims to reduce the spread of HIV and promote good sexual health (including safe sex); to provide services on a national and local level to people with,  in Coventry.

The award-winning musical opens at the Woodlands School and Sports College in Coventry on Wednesday and the group will be supporting the charity by donating profits from ticket sales.

Volunteers from THT THT The Hardball Times (baseball website)
THT Terrence Higgins Trust (UK HIV/AIDS charity)
THT Through Hole Technology
THT The Human Touch
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, which has a centre in Coventry, will also be on hand to give information about the range of HIV HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), either of two closely related retroviruses that invade T-helper lymphocytes and are responsible for AIDS. There are two types of HIV: HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV-1 is responsible for the vast majority of AIDS in the United States.  and sexual health services health services Managed care The benefits covered under a health contract  they provide in the region.

The rock musical is based on Puccini's opera La Bohme and tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians as they struggle to survive and create in New York's Lower East side under the shadow of HIV.

Ewan McPherson, from the Terrence Higgins Trust in Coventry, says: "We're delighted that the cast and crew of Rent are supporting THT by donating the proceeds from tickets sales to us.

"We hope people will support us by getting down to the Woodlands School and Sports College. Not only will you have a great time, you'll also help support THT's vital work providing information and advice for people living with and affected by HIV."

Callum Roberts, producer of Wing-it Theatre says: "We are glad we can help Terrence Higgins Trust continue their fantastic work."

Rent opens on Wednesday for a four date run. Tickets 075 3181 7222.

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