A dynamic theatre production aims to shed light on the stigma associated with HIV.
STIGMA is a new production from Darren Vizer which incorporates theatre, dance and physical encounters.
It draws inspiration from Mr Vizer’s own experiences as well as a diverse range of stories from people in the wider community who live with HIV.
Mr Vizer said he was always passionate about theatre and dance and wanted to create a work with a strong message that would resonate with all audience members.
‘‘Stigma is basically an idea that I wanted to challenge,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s not fun being treated differently.
‘‘I’ve had women, men, parents and kids come and watch STIGMA and come out with totally different viewpoints.’’
Mr Vizer was diagnosed with HIV in 1998 and believes it is important people are well-informed and are aware HIV can happen to anyone and is not limited to one group of people.
He said in some ways STIGMA was a sexual health production that urged people in the community to speak to their doctor if they believed something was wrong.
‘‘It really educates people and informs people about what it’s like,’’ he said.
Mr Vizer was looking forward to bringing the production to Shepparton and holding a special workshop the afternoon before the show.
He said the workshop and the production would offer people greater insight into the stigma associated with HIV.
STIGMA the movement and theatre workshop will be held on Thursday, December 7, from 4.30pm to 6.30pm at WestSide Performing Arts Centre, 141-179 Echuca Rd, Mooroopna.
There is no cost to attend the workshop and afternoon refreshments will be provided.
To register your interest or for further information email Andrea Cersh at firstname.lastname@example.org
STIGMA the theatre production will be held on Friday, December 8, at 7.30pm at WestSide Performing Arts Centre.
Tickets are $35 for adults, $25 for concession, $25 for students and $30 for a group of 10 or more and can be purchased at Riverlinks Box Office website or by phoning 58329511.