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First Time

First Time

By Nathaniel Hall
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848429765, 116 pages, November 2020


Can you remember your first time?

In this hilarious and heartbreaking true story, theatre-maker and activist Nathaniel Hall can’t seem to forget his. To be fair, he’s had it playing on repeat for the last fifteen years… but now he’s ready to lift the lid on his life-changing secret.

First presented by Dibby Theatre and Waterside Arts, First Time went on to critical and audience acclaim on tour of the UK and at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It smashes through the stigma and shame of HIV, to present an uplifting and inspirational guide to staying positive in a negative world.

This edition features the full script of First Time, alongside extensive material about HIV/AIDS and the themes and issues explored in the play, including several workshop plans which can be used with students and community groups.


"The raw, autobiographical passion escalates this to another level."

- Scotsman

"An unabashedly heart-on-sleeve, crowd-pleasing show but also a crucial one for raising awareness about HIV."

- Lyn Gardner, Stagedoor

"Universal and deeply moving."

- Attitude

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

- Guardian

"Punches home political and emotional key points with devastating clarity... moving, educational and littered with quick-fire humour."

- The Stage

"A visceral, interactive and educational theatrical journey."

- ThreeWeeks

"Funny and frank... a captivating, life-affirming tale of resilience and determination."

- The List

"Heartbreaking and eye-opening yet extremely uplifting... a touching and effective piece of theatre, handling an exceptionally heavy subject with ease."

- Broadway World

"Funny, moving and powerful."

- The Reviews Hub