Nathaniel Hall & Dibby Theatre Present


'First Time'


At Waterside Arts as part of Refract:19

Thursday 25th July 2019


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?

'First Time' is a production by Nathaniel Hall

& Dibby Theatre.


25th July


Running Time: 65mins (no interval)


Age Restriction: 14+



Tickets £10

Conc. £8





Making Waves is a project founded by Waterside Arts and CIT, which aims to provide a helping hand to makers, artists and companies in overcoming the challenges and barriers faced when touring new work or considering the future life of their projects.

The artists selected for Making Waves at Refract have received a financial contribution towards their project and have been supported by Waterside in the future life of their show.



A  ten day summer programme bursting with experiential performance, music and events to challenge visitors of all ages to see things differently.


Refract:19 runs from Thursday 18 to Saturday 27 July, bringing together a carefully curated programme jilted from convention.


Download the Refract:19 brochure here.



Nathaniel is a HIV+ queer activist and theatremaker from Manchester. He writes, directs, inspires, and produces bold and provocative socially minded work.

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HIV+ queer artist and activist, Nathaniel Hall presents a funny and frank one-man show about attempting to stay positive in a negative world. Join him as he blows the lid on the secret he’s been keeping all these years.



“Any one man show depends uniquely upon the skill and relatability of that one man. Nathaniel has both in bucket loads... An intensely personal story... Hall has created something universal and deeply moving.” Attitude - *****


“It’s one hell of a ride... The man next to me cried through the closing sequence, then at the end he told me that he’d been diagnosed HIV+ eight weeks earlier... it’s that sort of show, it promotes disclosures... the emotional aftermath of the show is with me still, two days later. It’s that important.” Northern Soul - *****

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