A Time To Speak – Hugh Wyld’s project to get people talking about HIV and AIDS – had its first theatre stage appearance on 8th October 2014. We performed at the LOST Theatre to a wonderful audience who we hope left inspired and talking about what they had seen.
A group of us wrote and performed work we had created on Hugh’s request and inspiration to bring HIV and AIDS into present day dialogue – to remind everyone that this virus is still part of our lives, that it affects us all.
Soon after our performance UKIP leader Nigel Farage proclaimed that people with HIV should not be allowed into the UK. Never was this project to raise awareness of HIV more needed. The charity we are affiliated with, Positive East, responded immediately to Forage’s ignorant, despicable and unforgivable viewpoint. It is clear that education is lacking on this subject not to mention human empathy and compassion. I am so happy to be part of this project and looking forward to going further and further, louder and louder, to more and more places. We are next performing at Positive East headquarters in East London in December 2014. Being divided as a species has never made us strong – progress and peace comes from unity. We must open dialogues on difficult issues so that we can understand each other – so that we can respect each other and then stand together inclusive of our differences.
— HIV Voices (@HIV_Voices) October 8, 2014
— Ayesha (@ACaselyHayford) October 8, 2014
As an HIV positive person I share a solidarity with all HIV positive people. Stigma and silence spread HIV. listen up UKIP.
— Mark Ravenhill (@markravenhill) October 10, 2014