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NAT announces charity performance of new play 'A Rude Awakening'

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

NAT is delighted to announce that two performances of new play ‘A Rude Awakening’, performing at the New End Theatre, are to be held in support of NAT. Tickets cost £18 and on 8 and 24 February, £5 of this will be donated directly to NAT.

‘A Rude Awakening’, written by Dr Barry Peters, is a moving and funny story of perversity and politics where sexual taboos and questions of deviance are turned on their head with startling results.
The play is set in the Deep South of the USA, where homophobic politician Tom Holdsworth and his gay campaign manager Bobby are involved in a car crash. When their bodies are unfrozen 150 years later, they find themselves in a world where heterosexuality is illicit. But how far does this rude awakening really take us from the corruption of the world we know today?
Deborah Jack, Chief Executive of NAT (National AIDS Trust), comments:
‘We are delighted that Barry and the New End Theatre have decided to earmark two performances in support of NAT.”
Dr Barry Peters, ‘A Rude Awakening’ playwright and consultant physician at Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital, comments:
'it was not death and disease that inspired me to write the play. As a doctor there was nothing new in that. It was the hypocrisy and mental cruelty I saw visited on HIV patients simply because of their sexuality.'
To book your tickets for either 8 or 24 February, call the New End Theatre box office on 0870 033 2733 and quote ‘NAT’. For further information, please visit or call Myriam on 020 7814 6731.
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Notes to the editor:

The charity performances in aid of NAT are taking place at 8.15pm on Tuesday 8 or Thursday 24 February at the New End Theatre in Hampstead:

  • Tickets cost £18 and £5 of this will be donated directly to NAT
  • You will have a chance to meet the cast and the playwright, Barry Peters
  • Taste a futuristic cocktail and buy a special signed programme – with all proceeds going to NAT.

For interviews and press tickets contact:
Alexa Christopher-Daniels
Press Office
New End Theatre
020 7472 5800
For further information please contact:

Charli Scouller
Communications Manager
020 7814 6733
NAT (National AIDS Trust) is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to transforming society’s response to HIV. We provide fresh thinking, expert advice and practical resources. We campaign for change.
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