Dibby Theatre presents


A HOME Co-Commission

Not another play about gay pride shame 

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 queer and 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 explosive and heartfelt 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 and lighting (dede ././ and Tracey Gibbs) 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+

Dibby Theatre is an award-winning national touring theatre company from Manchester. LGBTQ+ led they tell urgent and untold stories full of wit, grit and soul that surprise, challenge, entertain and inspire queer hope and resilience. With an extensive outreach and talent development programme, their work reaches beyond the stage to celebrate the diverse communities they serve. www.dibbytheatre.org | @DibbyTheatre


“Packs an emotional punch that resonates even after you’ve left the theatre.”

The Guardian on 'First Time'

"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

“trailblazing, honest, beautiful piece of theatre.”


‘Intoxicating on every level’


“If trauma is toxic, Toxic is an antidote”

Northern Soul

‘bitingly funny, beautifully choreographed, unapologetic real’

Honourary Manc Blog

1 hour and 30 minutes

Running time: 90 minutes (no interval)

Age recommendation: 18yrs+

Content Warning: This play contains adult themes that some may find distressing. It also includes sexual references and swearing. Audio-visual material contains flashing images, lights and loud sounds.


  • Tickets: £15 (Concessions £13)
  • Captioned Subtitled Performance: Tuesday 24 October 7.45pm
  • Relaxed Performance: Saturday 21 October 2.15pm
  • British Sign Language Interpreted Performances: Saturday 21 October 2:15pm & Wednesday 25 October 7:45pm

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