Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Thursday to Saturday, December [...]

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Thursday to Saturday, December [...]

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THURSDAY TO SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 DECEMBER Theatre / First Time Despite all attempts to educate and inform, the prejudices surrounding HIV and AIDS still continue to persist. According to a recent worldwide survey, roughly one in eight people living with HIV has been denied access to healthcare because of stigma and discrimination.

It's an alarming statistic - and that one that surely played a big part in explaining why Mancunian playwright and performer Nathaniel Hall decided to write his debut play, First Time, premiering at Sale's Waterside Arts Centre next week.

Produced in association with the excellent Dibby Theatre, First Time is a bold and provocative piece exploring how Hall, just two weeks after his 17th birthday, was diagnosed as HIV positive. Stockport-born Hall, now in his thirties, has only felt confident enough to share this news with his family in the past year. …

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