First Time

Nathaniel Hall presented by Dibby Theatre and Waterside Arts

28 Jan — 02 Feb
Studio - The Vaults, Leake Street
1hr 05m
LGBTQ+ Solo Show True Story
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Contains strobe lighting, loud sounds, strong language, themes of recreational drug use and reference to sexual grooming.
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First Time

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 his critically-acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe debut, award-winning HIV+ theatre-maker Nathaniel Hall presents this ‘hilarious’ and ‘heart breaking’ autobiographical solo show about growing up positive in a negative world.

Join him as he blows the lid on the secret he’s been keeping all these years.

***** “Moving and educational” The Stage (included as one of the best shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019)

“Packs an emotional punch that resonates even after you’ve left the theatre” The Guardian

"An unabashedly heart on sleeve crowd, pleasing-show... crucial for raising awareness of HIV" Lyn Gardner, StageDoor

***** "Compelling, motivating, triumphant" BroadwayBaby

***** "A must see" ThreeWeeks

***** "One hell of a ride" Northern Soul

**** "Universal and deeply moving" Attitude

“A truly remarkable story of triumph, I was in awe” Russell T. Davies

Winner of the inaugural Venues North Edinburgh Fringe Award 2019.

Supported by Arts Council England, Waterside Arts and Creative Industries Trafford. Proud to be partnered with George House Trust, Terrence Higgins Trust and HIV Scotland.

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About Nathaniel Hall presented by Dibby Theatre and Waterside Arts

About Nathaniel Hall
Nathaniel is an award-winning theatre-maker and HIV activist from Manchester. He writes, performs, directs, inspires and produces bold and provocative, socially minded work.

About Dibby Theatre
Award-winning Dibby Theatre support, develop and champion new writing about urgent and untold stories from the North of England. Their debut production of The Newspaper Boy received critical acclaim and enjoyed a 14-night sell-out run as part of Queer Contact 2018. Dibby is co-run by Chris Hoyle and Nathaniel Hall.

About Waterside Arts
Waterside is a thriving and vibrant arts venue in the heart of Sale in Trafford. Comprising a theatre, art galleries, studios and workspaces, the centre is an important regional hub for both performance and visual art.

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First Time

Nathaniel Hall presented by Dibby Theatre and Waterside Arts

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First Time

Nathaniel Hall presented by Dibby Theatre and Waterside Arts

Press & Reviews

For full coverage and reviews of First Time visit:

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019 reviews:

The Stage ***** “Moving and educational” (showcased as one of the best shows at the 2019 Fringe)

BroadwayBaby ***** “Compelling, motivating, triumphant”

ThreeWeeks ***** “A must see”

Somewhere LGBT ***** “Captivating”

Northern Soul ***** “One hell of a ride”

Attitude **** “Universal and deeply moving”

The List **** “ Captivating, life-affirming”

The Scotsman **** “Raw, autobiographical passion”

ScotsGay Fringe **** “Dynamic and moving”

The Queer Review **** “Razor sharp”

EdFest Mag **** “Tender and real”

The Wee Review **** “Powerful and passionate”

The Guardian “Packs and emotional punch that resonates even after you’ve left the theatre”

Lyn Gardner, Stagedoor “An unabashedly heart on sleeve, crowd-pleasing show but also one crucial for raising awareness about HIV”

Russell T.Davies "A truly remarkable story, I was in awe"

The Theatre Times "A frank self-portrayal"

Reviews from original production in 2018:

Unrestricted Views "Delightful and devastating in equal measure"

The Plays the Thing "Profoundly moving... a phenomenal success"

Mancunian Matters "An absolute joy and a total cry fest"

Live Art Alive " A celebration of the human capacity to survive"

Press coverage of the show and Nathaniel’s story (all links provided on Nathaniel's website):

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

BBC News 'The first time I had sex I contracted HIV'

Buzzfeed News 'This man become HIV+ aged 16 when he lost his virginity, so he wrote a play about it.'

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

I Online 'I contracted HIV from my first sexual experience when I was l

First Time

Nathaniel Hall presented by Dibby Theatre and Waterside Arts

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