The concept seems simple.
Make the private public. Share the experiences of those currently living with HIV in Ireland.
Rapids, by Talking Shop Ensemble, seems simple.
3 screens in the background, flickering with imagery.
3 orange chairs.
3 actors, transmitting, more then performing.
But there is nothing simple about creating a safe space for someone who lives with secrecy. There is nothing simple about combatting stigma. There is nothing simple about honouring the trust someone has placed in you to publicly share their story.
This is what Talking Shop Ensemble have done by meeting men and women of all ages, and asking them to open up about their HIV status.
In presenting these stories simply and directly, they reflect back to us the dignity and humanity of us all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation or sexual health.
With a new diagnosis of HIV every 18 hours, in a country driven by shame and secrecy, Rapids is timely, vital and powerful work.
*Note taken from bottom of Rapids programme
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Rapids by Shaun Dunne and Talking Shop Ensemble runs at Project Arts Centre as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival until October 14th. Image: Hazel Coonagh and Will St Leger
Posted: 13 October 2017