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AS IS – West End

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As one sits in the Trafalgar Studios waiting for Andrew Keates’ production of As Is to begin, there is an awareness of a gentle backdrop of conversation that eventually distils into individuals speaking of when they learned of their AIDS diagnosis. Gradually it builds, with statistics about the numbers of people dying or infected beginning to get louder. Perhaps the most uncomfortable soundbites are the (1981) news stories declaiming in loud American voices the menace of “The Gay Plague” along with vox pop interviews of members of the public saying how “they only have themselves to blame”.






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AS IS – West End

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Sometimes as a reviewer, you sit in a theatre space and you just feel this is going to be an incredibly important piece of theatre. As Is is one of those such occurrences. Written by William M. Hoffman and directed by Andrew Keates, this is billed as “the first AIDS play”.






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Review: POSITIVE (Waterloo East Theatre)

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It’s unfortunate that this piece doesn’t meet the minimum 3-week run to be considered for the Off West End awards because there’s much to appreciate in POSITIVE. I was initially put off by the predictable gushing from the gay websites at yet another ‘gay play’ but this one wanders nicely off-piste with some almost off-colour […]

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Review: POSITIVE (Waterloo East Theatre)

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It’s unfortunate that this piece doesn’t meet the minimum 3-week run to be considered for the Off West End awards because there’s much to appreciate in POSITIVE. I was initially put off by the predictable gushing from the gay websites at yet another ‘gay play’ but this one wanders nicely off-piste with some almost off-colour […]

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Review: Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (Camden Fringe)

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It would be like pissing on a grave to be overly critical of ‘Elegies’, the song cycle of AIDS victims interspersed with thirty-two heartfelt blank verse monologues charting individual experience of the fatal disease. But a little bit of wee did come out when we reflected on the wasted opportunity of staging this electrically important […]

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