Not a nother 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."
"a beautiful reminder to us all to live life with pride"
"beautifully captures the queer desire to be seen and understood"
"a fearless exploration of HIV stigma, racism, homophobia, and toxic gender norms"
"a powerful piece and very well acted"
“trailblazing, honest, beautiful piece of theatre.”
‘Intoxicating on every level’
“If trauma is toxic, Toxic is an antidote”
‘bitingly funny, beautifully choreographed, unapologetic real’