Winner of the venues north Edinburgh Fringe Award 2019
vault pick of summerhall festival 2019
BEST shows at Edinburgh Fringe - the Stage
"Moving and educational"
"One hell of a ride"
"Compelling, motivating, triumphant"
"Universal and deeply moving"
"A must see"
"Tender and real"
"Raw, autobiographical passion"
"Powerful and passionate"
"Delightful and devastating in equal measure"
"Profoundly moving... a phenomenal success"
"An absolute joy and a total cry fest"
"A celebration of the human capacity to survive"
"A frank self-portrayal"
Image and title design: Lee Baxter
Written and Performed by Nathaniel Hall
Directed by Chris Hoyle
Designed by Irene Jade
Presented with Dibby Theatre and Waterside Arts
Can you remember your first time?... Nathaniel can’t seem to forget his.
To be fair, he has had it playing on repeat for the last 15 years.
Now the party is over, the balloons have all burst and he’s left living his best queer life: brunching on pills and Googling kangaroo vaginas, ancient condoms and human cesspits on a weekday morning… or is he?
Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, award-winning HIV+ theatre-maker, Nathaniel Hall presents a 'hilarious' and 'heart breaking' autobiographical solo-show about attempting to stay positive in a negative world.
Join him as he blows the lid on the secret he’s been keeping all these years.
'The first time I had sex at 16 I contracted HIV - but it was the stigma, not the virus, that took me to breaking point.'
'Edinburgh Festival Fringe performer's show about contracting HIV from his first sexual encounter.'
'The first time I had sex I contracted HIV'
'This Man Became HIV+ Aged 16 When He Lost His Virginity. So He Wrote a Play About It.'
'What I learned after acquiring HIV at 16 from the first man I had sex with'
'I contracted HIV from my first sexual experience when I was little more than a child'
'I got HIV the first time I had sex'
Dates still available for spring and autumn 2020 tour
In equal parts
In Equal Parts is an outreach project developed alongside First Time.
It aims to educate, destigmatise and empower all people, regardless of HIV status, on modern HIV healthcare and prevention, in turn contributing to the UNAIDS aim of ending all new HIV transmissions in a generation.
‘ACTup + LIVE’
An upbeat creative educational session aimed at raising awareness of HIV healthcare, prevention and stigma through the lens of HIV activism past, present and future.
Suitable for ages 14+
‘HIV and Me’
A creative storytelling workshop for those living with or affected by HIV exploring the impact of living with HIV in the era of treatment as prevention.
Suitable for ages 14+
Prices upon request. Workshops will be delivered by Nathaniel or a trained Associate Facilitator.
The original production of First Time was presented alongside a community led, collaborative exhibition delivered by Jessica Loveday which commemorated the 30th World AIDS Day and was experienced by 4,000 people. The show was also accompanied by 2 post-show discussions, rapid HIV testing and a party to raise funds for local HIV support organisations.
Tue 28 Jan - Sun 2 Feb, 6pm
(Matinee Sat 1 Feb, 3pm)
Wed 5 Feb, 7:45pm
Tue 4 Feb, 7:45pm
Thur 6 Feb, 7:45pm
Fri 7 Feb, 7:45pm
Sat 8 Feb, 7:30pm
Wed 12 Feb, 8pm
Right Queer, Right Now
Theatre in the mill
Fri 14 - Sat 15 Feb, TBC
Tue 18 - Wed 19 Feb, 7:30pm
Fri 21 Feb, 7:30pm
Mon 24 Feb, 7:45pm