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 the Edinburgh Fringe, award-winning HIV+ theatre-maker Nathaniel Hall brings his hilarious and heart-breaking autobiographical solo show about attempting to stay positive in a negative world to Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre in February.

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

Conceived, written and performed by theatre-maker and HIV activist Nathaniel, the show is based on his personal experience of living with HIV after contracting the virus from his first sexual encounter at the age of just 16. It’s a humorous and heartfelt piece of theatre that not only transforms audiences into HIV allies, but also helps them rid toxic shame from their own lives.

In 2018, the original production of First Time led the Borough of Trafford’s 30th World AIDS Day commemorations. IN 2019, it took the Edinburgh Fringe by storm during a four-week run, winning and award and receiving critical acclaim. Nathaniel’s story has also received widespread media coverage.

Commissioned by Waterside Arts and Creative industries Trafford, and developed in association with Dibby Theatre, First Time is racially challenging public attitudes to HIV.

First Time is directed by Chris Hoyle and designed by Irene Jade.

First Time can be seen in the McCarthy at the SJT on Tuesday 4 February. Tickets, priced from £10, are available from the box office on 01723 370541 and online at