Winner of the venues north Edinburgh Fringe Award 2019

vault pick of summerhall festival 2019

BEST shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2019 - the Stage

"Packs an emotional punch"

The Guardian

"A heart-on-sleeve crowd-pleasing show"

Lyn Gardner

"A remarkable story of triumph"

Russell T Davies

"Moving and educational"

The Stage

"Compelling, motivating, triumphant"


"One hell of a ride"

Northern Soul

"An autobiographical masterpiece"

Ask The Ushers

"Messy, funny, heartbreaking"

Within Her Words

"Direct from the heart"

Elaine Chapman

"Captivating, life-affirming"

The List

"Raw, autobiographical passion"

The Scotsman


ScotsGay Fringe

"A must see"


"Hope is the beating heart"

Spy in the Stalls

"Heartbreaking and uplifting"



Somewhere LGBT

"Universal and deeply moving"


"Powerful and passionate"

The Wee Review

"Gentle and measured"

Reviews Hub

"Razor sharp"

The Queer Review

"Tender and real"

EdFest Mag

Written and Performed by Nathaniel Hall

Directed by Chris Hoyle

Designed by Irene Jade

Presented with Dibby Theatre and Waterside Arts 

Image and title design: Lee Baxter

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.'

Attitude Magazine

'Edinburgh Festival Fringe performer's show about contracting HIV from his first sexual encounter.'

Edinburgh Evening News

'The first time I had sex I contracted HIV'

BBC News Online

'This Man Became HIV+ Aged 16 When He Lost His Virginity. So He Wrote a Play About It.'

Buzzfeed News

'What I learned after acquiring HIV at 16 from the first man I had sex with'

Gay Star News

'I contracted HIV from my first sexual experience when I was little more than a child'

I Online

Television Interviews

BBC Breakfast & Granada Reports

'I got HIV the first time I had sex'

Manchester Evening News

Dates available for Spring 2021

In equal parts

In Equal Parts is an outreach project developed and delivered alongside First Time.

It aims to educate everybody - regardless of HIV status - on modern HIV healthcare and prevention, destigmatise attitudes to the virus and empower people to understand their role in contributing to the UNAIDS goal of ending all new HIV transmissions by 2030.

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.

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