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About the Show

Written by Nathaniel J Hall

A Dibby Theatre Production

A HOMEMcr Commission

Accessibility

BSL Interpretation - Sat 21 Oct (matinee), Wed 25 Oct (evening)

Relaxed Performance - Sat 21 Oct (matinee)

Captioned - Tue 24 Oct

 

Cast

Josh-Susan Enright (They/Them)

Nathaniel J Hall (He/They)

 

Creative Team

Writer and Creative Lead - Nathaniel J Hall

Director – Scott Le Crass

Movement Directors – Plaster Cast (Ayden Brouwers, Lizard Morris)

Designer – Lu Herbert

Composer – SHAR (Charlotte Barber)

Lighting Designer – Tracey Gibbs

Sound Designer – Joel Clements

AV Designer - ././ dede (Dee Dixon)

Dramaturgs – Cheryl Martin. Barry McStay, Rachel Clements

Cultural Engagement – Tolu Ajayi

Rehearsal Room Support - Susan Kerr

 

Production Team

Producer – Ross Carey

Technical Stage Manager – Joel Clements

Company Stage Manager - Ronly Lam

Production Assistant - Ash Cox

Set Construction - Ben Cook, Simon Pemberton

PR Consultant – Rachel Furst

Marketing Associate - Natalie Beech

Photography and Poster Design - Lee Baxter

Trailer Design - Gavin Wood

Production Photography - Dawn Kilner

Production Videography - Georgiana Ghetiu

BSL Interpreter - Russ Andrews

Captioner - Stevie Burrows

Environmental Sustainability Consultant - Robin Lyons

This is the story of how we met, fell in love, and f*cked it up. But it’s not just our story. It’s his, and his and theirs. Maybe it’s yours… Maybe.

Manchester 2017. In the middle of a hot and sweaty queer warehouse party, two damaged hearts collide. He is HIV+ and drowning in shame. They are one microaggression away from a full-on meltdown. Born into Thatcher’s Britain of race riots and rampant homophobia and growing up in the shadow of Aids and Section 28, the pair form a trauma bond so tight, they might just survive it all. But sometimes survival means knowing when to leave.

This beautiful and explosive semi-autobiographical show written by Nathaniel J Hall (First Time, It’s A Sin) and performed by Nathaniel with Josh-Susan Enright blends storytelling (dir. by Scott Le Crass), movement (Plaster Cast), stunning design (Lu Herbert), visual projections (dede././), and an original pumping soundtrack by SHAR.

 

Pulling back the glittery curtain of pride to reveal a place where many still suffer the devastating impact of generational HIV stigma, racism, homophobia and toxic gender norms, this powerful and passionate play inspired by true events celebrates survival and the resilience of the queer spirit.

Content Warning: Contains scenes of an adult nature that some may find distressing.

Age Guidance: 18+

Reviews:

 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★"This show is far from Toxic - it is a breath of fresh air." West End Best Friend

 

 ★ ★ ★ ★ "a beautiful reminder to us all to live life with pride"Curtain Call Reviews

 

 ★ ★ ★ ★ "Very thought-provoking” Your MCR

 

"beautifully captures the queer desire to be seen and understood"Mancunian Matters

 

"a fearless exploration of HIV stigma, racism, homophobia, and toxic gender norms"

I Love MCR

 

"a powerful piece and very well acted" Canal Street Media

World Premiere

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18 - 28 October 2023

2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester

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