The Future is U
The Future is U’ is a project funded by the ACT Government’s Capital of Equality Grants Program and managed by The Street Theatre in collaboration with the AIDS Action Council. The aim of the project is to create a new theatre work about the effects of HIV on the lives of Canberrans both in the past and in the present, and that looks toward the future. It is an important work to create now, in the age of PrEP and U=U, as people’s attitudes toward the virus undergo a radical shift, a shift that has changed many people’s behaviours. Award-winning ACT playwright David Atfield has been commissioned to create the work, which will draw on the lived experience of Canberrans to explore changing attitudes to HIV, stigma and sexual/psychosocial behaviour.
We are seeking your help in creating this work by sharing your stories. David, assisted by the AIDS Action Council, wishes to interview people affected by the virus from the early 1980s through to today. These interviews, your stories, will be the inspiration for the theatre work. The stories of a wide cross-section of people will be combined to create an illuminating play to be performed by just four actors.
As we stride toward a future with the potential of zero new HIV transmissions, it is important for us to realise where we’ve come from, to remember those who did not survive, and to celebrate and recognise those who have. The project will also promote awareness in the wider community of the intersecting needs and experiences of Canberrans in the fast-evolving HIV landscape and break down old stereotypes of what living with HIV means. By capturing the diversity of experiences of affected Canberrans, this project will foster awareness and promote understanding. Through partnership with the AIDS Action Council, participants will also have access to services and supports to meet their needs.
The script will be developed through two workshops, in which interviewees will be invited to participate, culminating in a presentation on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2019. The aim will then be to mount a full production of the play in 2020.
Interviews can be arranged between 4 September and 4 October 2019, 10am – 5:30pm including afterhours/weekends by request.