Meet the people from Greater Manchester determined to end HIV stigma and shame.
The UK Government has committed to ending all new transmissions of HIV by 2030. In the lead up to this year’s World AIDS Day (01 Dec), The North Wall has teamed up with Dibby Theatre and HIV charity George House Trust to bring you three remarkable stories about life with HIV today.
HIV+Me showcases three ordinary people from Greater Manchester living with HIV and their extraordinary stories in three beautifully shot short films.
Paul remembers the lovers and friends he lost whilst fighting and campaigning from a grotty basement just off Canal Street. Mark revisits the squat he used to call home on Claremont Road and reflects how a positive diagnosis marked the beginning of a new life. And Yvonne recalls a lifetime of hiding in the shadows before she found something inside so strong that now helps her help others.
Directed by award-winning theatre maker and HIV activist Nathaniel Hall, the films tell the story of HIV from the terrifying early days of GRID (Gay Related Immune Deficiency) through to the modern day where people don’t just survive but thrive with HIV.
Part of In Equal Parts – a community-led creative outreach programme tackling HIV stigma and shame. Produced by Dibby Theatre, funded by Arts Council England and delivered in partnership with George House Trust.
Written and performed by: Paul Fairweather, Mark Holder and Yvonne Richards
Created and directed by: Nathaniel Hall
Presented by: Dibby Theatre
Developed in partnership with: George House Trust
Running time: Paul 5 mins 34 secs | Mark 5 mins 43 secs | Yvonne 6 mins 1 secs
Age guidance: suitable for ages 11+
Emotional warnings: reference to illness and dying, drug use, gang violence, racism and homophobia