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First Time (Nathaniel Hall presented by Dibby Theatre with Waterside Arts)

By | Published on Sunday 18 August 2019

The tale of Nathaniel Hall’s high school prom is certainly not a conventional one: after revealing to his parents that he was gay, he began dating a guy he met in Stockport while waiting for his cream tuxedo. This relationship turned his life upside down when he contracted HIV. After living in shame and fear for years, he discovered zeal in his life and now inspires others to thrive. This personal and energetic production tackles the stigma through spectacular performing and a versatile stage presence. Hall’s experiences are translated into a visceral, interactive and educational theatrical journey. The stage is wonderfully utilised and repeatedly converted for effect. Never has a standing ovation been more deserved – this is a must see.

Summerhall, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Kieran Scott]