First Time

Theatre (solo show, true-life)

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  • Summerhall - Cairns Lecture Theatre
  • 16:15
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Nathaniel Hall presented by Dibby Theatre with Waterside Arts
  • Warnings and additional info: Audience Participation, Contains Distressing Themes, Strong Language/Swearing and Strobe Lighting
  • Accessibility:
    Signed Performance
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Remember your first time? Nathaniel can't forget his. Now the party's over, the balloons have burst and he's living his best queer life: brunching on pills and googling kangaroo vaginas on a weekday morning – or is he? HIV+ theatre-maker Nathaniel Hall presents a funny and frank autobiographical show about staying positive in a negative world. Join him as he blows the lid on the secret he's kept for the last 15 years. 'A remarkable story, I was in awe' (Russell T Davies). 'One hell of a ride' ***** ( 'Deeply moving' **** (Attitude Magazine).

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General venue access

  • Signed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Once into the courtyard, get to the front of the Royal Dick Pub, take the alleyway to your left, around the back of the large tent. Through the doors; the venue is then up the stairs.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Signed performances

  • Dates: 23 August
  • Interpreter: Ian Hodgetts - Stage Left
  • Type: BSL
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating requests in relation to the location of the interpeter.

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Deirdre Gossage 112 days ago

Funny, profoundly sad at times but the message of hope came across strongly. It was a brilliant performance by Nathaniel in an accomplished show.

Teresa Mossakowska 118 days ago

Out of the 20 shows I saw at The Fringe this week, First Time was the best. It is a must-see.

Heather Stewart 118 days ago

I wasn’t sure about this show when it started but it soon took a turn and became a powerful and emotional true story of coping with being HIV positive. Despite the subject matter there are many laughs along the way so don’t expect doom and gloom. I felt privileged to hear Nathaniel share his story and I think he is to be applauded for what he is currently doing to help others avoid his situation (I don’t want to spoil the story by giving details). In my top 5 out of 24 shows this year.

Eve Whitley 121 days ago

Incredible performance. Nathaniels story is incredibly moving and powerful. It will make you laugh and cry whilst raising awareness and breaking the stigma associated with HIV.

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ThreeWeeks (5/5 stars) 116 days ago

The tale of Nathaniel Hall’s high school prom is certainly not a conventional one: after revealing to his parents that he was gay, he began dating a guy he met in Stockport while waiting for his cream tuxedo. This relationship turned his life upside down when he contracted HIV. After...

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 116 days ago

Despite the somewhat bitty devised nature of this one-man show by Nathaniel Hall, the raw, autobiographical passion of it escalates the piece to another level. ...

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ScotsGay (4/5 stars) 116 days ago

This is a captivating, dynamic and moving show written and performed by Nathaniel Hall. He charms us and brings us onside with his opening, where he appears to be unready for our arrival, and dizzy and confused after a hard night out. We soon become aware that this is a...

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Broadway Baby (5/5 stars) 129 days ago

This is definitely not the first time I have seen a play about being gay or about the AIDS epidemic, but it is the first time I have seen an eclectic and moving look at life post HIV diagnosis told with such startling humor and honesty.In First Time Nathanial Hall...

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The List (4/5 stars) 129 days ago

Funny and frank autobiographical show on coming to terms with being HIV positive...

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The Stage [paywall] (5/5 stars) 129 days ago

The first summer after you leave school is supposed to be the best summer of your life. So it was for Nathaniel, as he came out of the closet to accepting parents and began dating a guy he’d met in Stockport on the day of his school prom. It was...

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 131 days ago

The Wham! classic Club Tropicana blasts out of the speakers as the audience takes seats in the Cairns Lecture Theatre in Summerhall.  Nathaniel Hall is onstage and wearing a dressing gown. We have caught him on the morning after the night before and he looks flustered and anxious. We are...

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