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First Time at Contact

First Time at Contact

Can you remember your first time? In this hilarious and heartbreaking true story, theatre-maker and activist Nathaniel Hall can’t seem to forget his. To be fair, he has played it on repeat for the last 15 years. But now, he wants to lift the lid on his life change in secret.

Nathaniel creates a journey to tell his story, starting with a pre-show warm-up where cleaning up a party (I thought was strange) sets the scene for some of his darker days.

Nathaniel story telling in a funny and also true portrayal allows the audience to understand the emotions and pain that is created at early discovery at the GI clinic and the Sue moment to the heartwarming side of education for HIV.

Within the performance, Nathaniel takes the time to educate the audience in a hilarious and adult way about HIV, through an adult game he played in schools, I like to call Keys in a Bowl, which finishes by explaining U=U- undetectable = untransmittable.

In the end, the history and pain of HIV and Aids finishes with a candlelit vigil and moments for the 1980s pandemic. Nathaniel finishes by coming full-circle story with his poem, his activism and George House Trust journey.

George’s house trust played a huge part in Nathaniel story and of many others. I’ve included a link to donate to George house trust to support others- https://ght.org.uk/donate-ght

It was an absolute privilege to watch Nathaniel's personal performance about contracting HIV when he had his first sex at 16. With Nathaniel, it is an honest portrayal of the happenings and a lighthearted way with the audience makes the performance perfect. This is a must-see for all. 

Ticket details are below.

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To buy tickets, to see the performance about Nathaniel story and HIV at the contact theatre, please follow the ticket link here

Published: 1-Dec-2021 (6471)

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