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's had it playing on repeat for the last fifteen years… but now he's ready to lift the lid on his life-changing secret.
First presented by Dibby Theatre and Waterside Arts, First Time went on to critical and audience acclaim on tour of the UK and at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It smashes through the stigma and shame of HIV, to present an uplifting and inspirational guide to staying positive in a negative world.
This edition features the full script of First Time, alongside extensive material about HIV/AIDS and the themes and issues explored in the play, including several workshop plans which can be used with students and community groups.
'A truly remarkable story of triumph. I was in awe' Russell T Davies
Blog Post: 'In 2018 I said something out loud for the first time. It was utterly terrifying. After fifteen years of living in secret, I came out to the world a second time. You see, the first time I ever had sex, aged sixteen, I contracted HIV. Let me take you back to the summer of 2003…' Nathaniel Hall on First Time. Read more >>
'A visceral, interactive and educational theatrical journey'ThreeWeeks
'Heartbreaking and eye-opening yet extremely uplifting... a touching and effective piece of theatre, handling an exceptionally heavy subject with ease'Broadway World
'Funny and frank... a captivating, life-affirming tale of resilience and determination'The List
'Funny, moving and powerful'The Reviews Hub
'Punches home political and emotional key points with devastating clarity... moving, educational and littered with quick-fire humour'The Stage
'The raw, autobiographical passion escalates this to another level'Scotsman
'Universal and deeply moving'Attitude
'An unabashedly heart-on-sleeve, crowd-pleasing show but also a crucial one for raising awareness about HIV'Lyn Gardner - Stagedoor
'Packs an emotional punch that resonates even after you've left the theatre'Guardian