“The AIDS Project” – Press and Reviews.
Richard Brimblecombe and Paul Davis as two of Cilla’s Blind Date options, from the first production of “The AIDS Project”.
Humour getting deadly message of AIDS across
Local colleges are being shown an award winning play which uses a series of humorous sketches to put across a message about a deadly serious subject.
The Aids Project was written by Guildford-based Jason Orbaum and is specifically aimed at young people who are at a sexually active age.
The play aims to explode the myths surrounding the disease and to offer sound preventative advice dressed up in an easily understood and watchable fashion.
One of the sketches is based on the TV show Blind Date. In the play a young woman is asked to choose between a stereotypical gay, a drug user and a ‘straight’man.
“Well Tracey” says Cilla, “You chose Kevin from Dagenham and surprise, surprise, he’s the one who’s got AIDS.”
Its message is that it is not just the gay and drug using community who are at risk.
Other sketches deal with safe sex. One is a hilarious spoof on the safety talk air stewardesses give before take-off.
Instead of demonstrating how to put on a lifejacket, the cast show how to put on a condom.
As well as the safety message, some aspects of male behaviour get short shrift from the cast: “He’s a great lover, he gets a lot of practice with other women”.
Despite all its humour most of the sketches are punctuated with a serious message. One is a chilling warning for the future and a plea to re-think attitudes to AIDS sufferers.
“In the next five years, everyone will know someone with AIDS. We can’t even cope with the disabled, how will we cope with HIV? Are you going to see the person or see the disease?”
When the show
was first shown in
Gary Noakes, Gazette,
“Our Sixth From girls not only enjoyed the play immensely, but also gained much from it. Their gain was not confined to important data presented in a most digestible form; attitudes and feelings were also explored in a very deep and meaningful way.
The Aids Project follows the new frankness which has accompanied the aids problem, but the play’s frankness was never offensive, and was always acceptable and in good taste.
Both our students and I were struck by the very professional performance. The male and female cast were arresting and attractive. They combined excellently, and all seemed able to switch quickly from one totally convincing character to another. Small companies of this type do not usually show such a high level of polish and professionalism.”
“…..very impressed by the play…..both educational and entertaining.”
Alice O’Connor, NW Surrey District Health Education Service, Weybridge.
“I thought both the acting, content, and production was just marvellous. It would, I feel, attract the young people and create a real learning situation in a humorous and easy manner… well done for the innovation of a great idea…”
Suzanne Taylor, Specialist Nurse HIV/AIDS,
“I would recommend it without reservation to any school, particularly for the use of Sixth Formers and/or senior pupils.”
DHJ Rebbit, Headmaster,
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