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Ann Pinnington Productions in association with West Avenue presents


by Shaun Kitchener

"An unshakeably likeable comedy drama underpinned by seven terrific performances."
★ ★ ★ ★  The Stage

"Positive is funny and heartwarming and deals with a sensitive subject well by injecting humour and occasional bursts of Britney Spears. It really is worth a watch."
★ ★ ★ ★ ★  West End Wilma

"Positive is one of the most compelling productions I’ve seen in a long time... These are issues that affect anyone from any gender, race or sexuality and for that reason, it’s a play that can (and will) be enjoyed by absolutely everyone."
★ ★ ★ ★ ★  Attitude

"Clearly a playwright to watch"
The Times

"The subject sounds mournful but the play is anything but, with humorous writing put across in a most effective manner. Recommended."
★ ★ ★ ★  GTOA

"Kitchener’s deft dialogue and Harry Burton’s well-paced direction ensures thatPositive remains upbeat."
Camden Review

"...although packed with laughter, it is an honest and serious look at the way people react and manage things. It is the first time I have seen Kitchener or his writing; I hope we shall see much more of them both."
British Theatre Guide

"a moving and wity play... the perfect balance of funny-bone-tickling and heartstring-pulling. The design is brilliant... the cast is talented. Positive skillfuly negotiaties a difficult theme... book a ticket!"
LBGTQ Arts and Culture Review

"This is a piece of brilliant theatre and comes highly recommended. Four stars!"

"executed flawlessly by way of a brilliant script and an effortlessly charming cast, managing to be respectful and appropriate without being preachy or threatening. Positive doesn't just break down stigmas, it brushes them aside like dry leaves."
QX Magazine


__ If Britney can get through 2007, then I can get through today.

Benji's mantra has just about got him through his first year with HIV, but it's not so much the virus that's the problem - it's everything that comes with it. Afraid of stigma and rejection, he's stopped going out, he's let himself fall out of contact with his family and God only knows when he last had sex.

But that's enough of that. His self-confidence may be at an all time low but it's time he finally grabbed life by the balls and started properly living it again. How hard can it be...?

Inspired by true stories, Positive is a refreshingly honest and ultimately uplifting comedy breaking down the out-dated preconceptions surrounding HIV and the 100,000+ people living with it in the UK today. While it's certainly no sunny walk in the park, it's not the death sentence it was 30 years ago either - and Benji's slowly beginning to realise that the only thing standing between him and normality is not some stupid virus, but his own apprehension. And possibly his terrible taste in shoes.

SPOILER: Nobody dies.​

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