When we started rehearsal for this, there were 14 cases of AIDS in the UK, by the time we closed there were 28. People were largely shrugging it off, in much the same way as Britain shrugged off the mysterious cases of infection from a wet market in Wuhan at the beginning of 2020. So AntiBody was dismissed as scare-mongering, hysterical, sex-denying, and nothing to do with us. That is why much of the play is taken up with simple education. This was a time when the safer sex advice being given out was ‘Don't sleep with Americans.' But the play goes far beyond informing people. The central character, William, is a newly-diagnosed gay man facing what was then a 40% chance of dying. However, he uses his own death as a means to improve the chances of others. This stops the play being maudlin. I also like the fact that William is part of a dynamic lesbian and gay community, which is shown in all its gutsiness and commitment. This is a stark contrast to the solitary suffering portrayed elsewhere in AIDS plays and films. AntiBody was ground-breaking, and deserves much more recognition. The author will be participating from Washington DC. Antibody - The first play aboutt AIDS/HIV in the World website.


Author: Louise Parker Kelley
Presented by: Homo Promos
CORONAVIRUS: All UK venues closed on 16th March 2020, restrictions were lifted on 19th July 2021. Please note that iUKTDb archive listings between March 2020 and July 2021 may not be accurate as we did not receive details of all rescheduled and cancelled shows.

Antibody - The first play aboutt AIDS/HIV in the World

Antibody - The first play aboutt AIDS/HIV in the World (Streamed/Broadcast) production archive for QTIX code T01929503580. Details of all Antibody - The first play aboutt AIDS/HIV in the World archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S720838671

Archive Listings

2 Mar 21Streaming Performances

© Dynamic Listing Ltd, UK
Listings powered by Dynamic Listing Ltd
Multidomain certificate installed