The ups and downs of living with HIV: First Time at the Vault Festival

First Time is Nathaniel Hall’s hilarious and heartbreaking autobiographical solo show about growing up HIV positive and gay which he is performing at the Vault Festival this month.

First Time explores the ups and downs of living with HIV through a series of personal letters, confessions, poems and a drag alter-ego called Sue. Diagnosed two weeks before his 17th birthday, and just months after coming out as gay to his family, Nathaniel kept his HIV status from almost everybody closest to him for over 14 years.

After coming out of the HIV positive closet in late 2017, theatre-maker and HIV activist, Nathaniel, has created this gut wrenchingly honest and equally hilarious show about living with his life-changing secret. Nathaniel is now advocating for better contemporary representations of HIV in popular culture, using First Time as a vehicle for his activism and empowering other people to live openly with their HIV status. In 2020 he will also appear in Russell T Davies’ brand new Channel 4 drama, Boys, about AIDS in 1980’s Britain.

First Time is at the Vault Festival from 28 January to 2 February at The Vaults, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN. Tickets at First Time will then have a four week national tour.

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