30th World AIDS Day at Waterside

Waterside Arts and Creative Industries Trafford have collaborated with Nathaniel Hall and the Dibby Theatre to mark the 30th year of this important day.

The events include:


A Waterside Arts & Creative Industries Trafford Commission

Saturday 01 December, shows at 13:30 and 20:00, also running 29/30 November

£10 / £8 (concessions) limited availability

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?

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.


Gallery ’74, Runs until 19 January 2019

Free entry | 10:00 - 17:00 Monday to Saturday

A collection of work responding to HIV from personal, educational and activism viewpoints. In Equal Parts is an outreach project made in response to First Time; a one-man show by Nathaniel Hall. First Time portrays his experience of a HIV positive diagnosis, just weeks following his seventeenth birthday and subsequent aftermath. First Time is a contemporary representation of life with HIV in the twenty-first century. The exhibition unashamedly challenges the stigma, dispels myths and encourages us to talk positively about HIV.


Writing for stage workshop with Chris Hoyle.

Saturday 01 December 2018, 16:00 - 18:00

£5 / £3 (concessions) | 14+ | Tea & Coffee provided | Booking required watersidearts.org

Have you ever wanted to stage your own story? Join playwright and dramaturg Chris Hoyle (director of ‘First Time’) for a writing workshop exploring the process in staging and developing that story that you've always wanted to tell. The workshop is aimed at artists that are looking for an inspirational starting point to create an exciting future piece of work for performance. This is where the ‘First Time’ project began.


A free workshop with community artist, Jessica Loveday

Saturday 01 December 2018, 12:00 - 16:00

This creative workshop will look at HIV activist posters of the past and invite you to design and make a poster for the future. You’ll design the logo, choose the imagery, slogan and colours for your poster and play your part in HIV+ awareness.

Jessica Loveday, associate artist and curator of the In Equal Parts exhibition will be on hand to help you out too!

The most powerful posters will be exhibited in Gallery ’74 at Waterside Arts as part of the exhibition In Equal Parts. We actively encourage all ages to get involved in this workshop, including children and young people


Saturday 01 December 2018, 10:30 - 12:30 and 15:30 - 17:30

The PaSH Partnership (George House Trust, Black Health Agency and the LGBT Foundation) will be running drop-in based testing (no need to book an appointment).

They’ll have a brief chat about exposure and risk before taking a small sample of blood using a lancet (a small pin prick on the finger), which will then be used to run the test. In total your appointment will last approximately 30-40 minutes, and you'll find out your results in the appointment itself.

If you would like to use this service, ask for PaSH at Waterside box office/reception during one of these times and you will be directed.

The service is suitable for 18 + years and those who identify as either MSM, bisexual or gay or those who are from a BAME community.


A Waterside Arts & Creative Industries Trafford Commission

Saturday 01 December 2018, 21:45 till late

£5 (or £15 / £13 with a show ticket to First Time)

A special post-show party with DJ Jamie Bull (HomoElectric) as we celebrate being you!

Trafford Council Executive Member for Communities and Housing, Cllr Kevin Procter, said: "It is great these events are taking place at Waterside to mark World AIDS day on 1 December. They will be entertaining but also thought provoking, sensitively exploring the continued issues surrounding AIDS, and the impact this has on communities and individuals. I would encourage everyone to attend as many of these events as possible."