Free post show Q&As, a memorial for all those lost to AIDS and rapid HIV testing offered as part of As Is at the Trafalgar Studios

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, William M. Hoffman’s As Is is coming to Trafalgar Studios with a stunning new cast and design. Using humour and sensitivity, As Is shatters the apathy and ignorance surrounding AIDS in the 1980s. The significance and urgency of As Is has become even greater as more people than ever before are contracting HIV; almost 110,000 people are living with HIV in the UK.

Audiences are encouraged to turn the Studio 2 auditorium into a temporary memorial by covering the walls with messages, names and memories of all those we have lost to AIDS. Please note that special pens have been provided in the auditorium to do this.

There will be an array of post-show events on offer such as rapid HIV testing, talks, and Q&As by eminent speakers; including Jonathan Blake who was one of the first people to be diagnosed with HIV in 1982.

– All events are free and all are welcome to attend.
– All events will start at approximately 9.15pm and last for approximately 30 – 40 minutes.
– Free, confidential, rapid HIV testing will be offered by professionals of 56 Dean St after every Friday evening performance at Trafalgar Studios

Thursday 2nd July 2015 – Q&A with director Andrew Keates
Director of As Is will be discussing reviving AS IS both at the Finborough Theatre and the Trafalgar Studios and the unique perspective of directing it once when he believed he was HIV- and now as a HIV+ HIV/AIDS campaigner and the current struggles that face those with HIV.

Saturday 4 July 2015 – AIDS Plays – In conversation with Dr. Emily Garside with director of As Is, Andrew Keates and associate director Sarah Stephenson.
Dr. Emily Garside has a PHD in AIDS related plays. She joins director Andrew Keates and associate director Sarah Stephenson in an informal discussion as to the various historic pieces that have been written about the subject matter of HIV and AIDS and the parallels with other theatrical works. 

Monday 6 July 2015 – In Conversation with Paul Gambaccini
Paul Gambaccini, best known for being a DJ, music mogul and broadcaster talks about his experiences of HIV/AIDS from the 1980s and how it affected his friends and colleagues in the entertainment/music industry, including Freddie Mercury, Kenny Everett and many other irreplaceable loses during those impossible times. He also discusses his involvement in the foundation of the Terrence Higgins Trust, his unique perspective of AIDS hitting America before it hit the UK and the realities of HIV and AIDS today.

Tuesday 7 July 2015 – Real Pride – In Conversation with Jonathan Blake
Jonathan Blake was one of the first people to be diagnosed in London with HIV back in 1982. He worked as a volunteer for the Terrence Higgins Trust, Food Chain and Lighthouse for many years and was the face of THT’s first ever poster campaign. During the 80s he was also involved with the group Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. He is the inspiration for the character played by Dominic West in the recent film ‘Pride’. Jonathan will be recounting his experiences as a man living with HIV from the 1980s until the present day.

Wednesday 8 July 2015 – Cast and Crew Q&A – As Is, As Was, As Is Again
The entire cast, director Andrew Keates and various other members of the production team will be discussing the rehearsal process of As Is and the various things that they have learnt in bringing As Is to modern audiences and the current stigmas that surround HIV and AIDS today.

Friday 10July 2015 – post performance discussion; ‘ChemSex’ trends at 56 Dean Street.
David Stuart will be hosting a discussion about ChemSex, the recreational use of drugs for sex, which is associated with multiple HIV risks for gay Londoners. David Stuart is the Substance Use Lead at 56 Dean Street, supporting patients whose recreational drug use impacts their sexual and general health. David is also the curator of the Dean Street Wellbeing programme, a series of events that employs cinema, art, live performance to engage local populations in dialogue and action around controversial topics that impact sexual and general wellbeing.

This discussion includes the opportunity for free, confidential, rapid HIV testing after the performance from professionals of 56 Dean St. 

Tuesday 14July 2015 – Bent Plays: In Conversation with Martin Sherman
Martin Sherman is an iconic playwright, perhaps best known for his groundbreaking gay plays including Bent – the first play to explore homosexuality within German concentration camps. Martin will be discussing if LGBT plays affect the gay community and his own experiences as a gay man throughout so many decades of change. The Q&A will also include cast member Steven Webb and director Andrew Keates.

Wednesday 15 July 2015 – Real Pride – In Conversation with Jonathan Blake
Jonathan Blake was one of the first people to be diagnosed in London with HIV back in 1982. He worked as a volunteer for the Terrence Higgins Trust, Food Chain and Lighthouse for many years and was the face of THT’s first ever poster campaign. During the 80s he was also involved with the group Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. He is the inspiration for the character played by Dominic West in the recent film ‘Pride’. Jonathan will be recounting his experiences as a man living with HIV from the 1980s until the present day.

Thursday 16 July 2015 – In Conversation with Paul Gambaccini
Paul Gambaccini, best known for being a music mogul, DJ and broadcaster talks about his experiences of HIV/AIDS from the 1980s and how it affected his friends and colleagues in the entertainment industry, including Freddie Mercury, Kenny Everett and many other irreplaceable loses during those impossible times. He also discusses his involvement in the foundation of the Terrence Higgins Trust, his unique perspective of AIDS hitting America before it hit the UK and the realities of HIV and AIDS today.

Friday 17 July 2015 – post performance discussion with Joe Phillips; How 56 Dean Street addresses HIV trends amongst communities most at risk.
Joe Phillips started his nursing career as a ward nurse on the Department of Infectious Diseases at North Manchester Hospital. He then worked as a BBV specialist nurse at the Royal Liverpool Hospital where he first developed an interest in HIV/hepatitis C co-infection. After working with the hepatitis team at North Manchester

he moved to London for a position at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in 2013. Joe currently works as a Nurse Practitioner at 56 Dean Street & Dean Street Express, where he has continued to develop his interest in HIV/hepatitis C co-infection, particularly amongst gay men and in relation to the use of drugs for sex.

This discussion includes the opportunity for free, confidential, rapid HIV testing after the performance from professionals of 56 Dean St.

Monday 20 July 2015 – Act Up, Fight Back, Fight Aids! A discussion with Dan Glass, Lynette Destiny and the new wave of Act Up – London.
Dan Glass is an award-winning activist, academic, performer and writer who was named as one of Attitude Magazine’s campaigning role models for LGBTQI youth + a Guardian ‘UK youth climate leader’. His recent programmes involve MC’ing ‘Shafted?!’ a speakeasy led by people with HIV, the ‘Never Again Ever! Beyond UKIP Cabaret in Nigel Farage’s boozer. Dan founded the new chapter of ACT UP LONDON (Aids Coalition To Unleash Power) which has led to high-profile actions such as the manure-dumping ‘What goes around comes around – solidarity on World Aids Day’ which led to the closing down of UKIP’s London office and the recent ACT UP FOR LOVE rally in Trafalgar Square. Dan will be joined by other members of Act-Up London and director of the production, Andrew Keates. 

Wednesday 22 July 2015 – Cast and Crew Q&A – As Is, As Was, As Is Again
The entire cast, director Andrew Keates and various other members of the production team will be discussing the rehearsal process of As Is and the various things that they have learnt in bringing As Is to modern audiences and the current stigmas that surround HIV and AIDS today. 

Friday 24 July 2015 – post performance discussion with Jake Jenkins; Using style, modern technologies and community outreach to address current HIV trends.
Jake Jenkins is a Nurse Practitioner specialised in sexual health and HIV care. Jake is the Lead Nurse for LGBT Services at 56 Dean Street. He has been involved in organizing innovative events and new services with a focus on improving patient experience. Jake provided patient engagement and clinical management of the Dean Street Express project.

This discussion includes the opportunity for free, confidential, rapid HIV testing after the performance from professionals of 56 Dean St.

Wednesday 29 July 2015 – Cast and Crew Q&A – As Is, As Was, As Is Again
The entire cast, director Andrew Keates and various other members of the production team will be discussing the rehearsal process of As Is and the various things that they have learnt in bringing As Is to modern audiences and the current stigmas that surround HIV and AIDS today.

Thursday 30 July – Lisa Power MBE
Lisa Power has been involved with HIV since before it had a name. She volunteered at London’s Gay Switchboard from 1979 to 1994, the helpline that was central to the early gay community response to AIDS. She went on to work with community groups developing HIV services and eventually became the Policy Director for Terrence Higgins Trust. Lisa was also a founder member of the Stonewall Group and the first out gay person to speak at the United Nations on behalf of gay rights. She will be discussing the early response to HIV in the UK and the role of LGBT communities in that, compared to now.

Friday 31 July 2015 – post performance discussion about the Dean Street Wellbeing programme; a series of events that resource art, live performance to engage local communities in dialogue and action around complicated topics that impact sexual health and wellbeing. With Leigh Chislett and David Stuart.
Leigh Chislett is the Clinic Manager of 56 Dean Street an award winning HIV and Sexual Health service in the heart of London’s west end. He has worked in HIV and Sexual health for nearly 30 years and was the project lead for the development and opening of 56 Dean Street and Dean Street Express. In 2004 he won a Nursing Times Award for innovation for improving uptake of Hepatitis B vaccination in high risk groups and again in 2014 for enhancing patient dignity as part of a team that has set up a Sexual Health and well- being service for Trans people.

David Stuart is the Substance Use Lead at 56 Dean Street, supporting patients whose recreational drug use impacts their sexual and general health. David is also the co-curator (with Leigh Chislett) of the Dean Street Wellbeing programme, a series of events that employs cinema, art, live performance to engage local communities in dialogue and action around controversial topics that impact sexual and general wellbeing.

This discussion includes the opportunity for free, confidential, rapid HIV testing after the performance from professionals of 56 Dean St.

 

Theatre and Box Office
Wednesday 1st July – Saturday 1st August 2015 Monday to Saturday, 7.45pm
Thursday and Saturday matinees, 3pm
Studio 2, Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY
Tickets are available priced £17.50, £22.50 and £27.50 from Trafalgar Studios Box Office and www.atgtickets.com/trafalgarstudios, 0844 871 7632.
Running Time
Approximately 70 minutes with no interval
How to Get To Trafalgar Studios
Trafalgar Studios is located on Whitehall. The nearest underground stations are Charing Cross (on the Bakerloo and Northern lines), Embankment (on the Bakerloo, Northern, Circle and District lines), Westminster (on the Jubilee, Circle and District lines) and Leicester Square (on the Northern and Piccadilly lines). The nearest rail station is Charing Cross.