A confronting and dynamic live theatre and movement performance, examining the prejudices, discrimination and stigma experienced by people living with HIV. A series of provocations on the Stigma of HIV/AIDS, shared from lived experiences. Seamlessly blending dance and acting in their expressive portrayal of the often voiceless community. This work contains full frontal nudity and sex scenes. S_T_I_G_M_A confronts self-hatred imposed by mass culture, and the ignorance of the ill-informed and commercial media.

Q & A panel discussion will be held on Sunday 1st of October after the performance hosted by Professor Sharon Lewin with key HIV researchers from the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, HIV community members and leaders in the Melbourne theatre community.

Produced by Devize Co, In partnership with La Mama Theatre, Science Gallery, University of Melbourne, Victorian Aids Council, Living Positive Victoria, Positive Women Victoria and The Space Dance Centre.

Dance theatre, like most hybrid forms, is a doubly difficult beast to master, and Darren Vizer impresses with the clarity and intricacy of its art.

‘Plunge’ Melbourne Fringe 2015-Cameron Woodhead, The Age ‘Four Stars’

Written, Directed & Choreographed by Darren Vizer

Performed by Daniel Last, Laura Jane Turner, Alex Duncan

Music composition & Sounds Design by Zac Kazepis & Neddwellyn Jones

Creative Consultant: Christabel Millar

Original Lighting design by Bronwyn Pringle

Lighting Design realisation and Stage Manager by Jason Crick


The world premiere season of S_T_I_G_M_A, a confronting theatrical and movement based performance examining the prejudices, discrimination and stigma experienced by people living with HIV, has been dedicated to Ita Buttrose an early pioneer against HIV and AIDS related stigma.

Text Ita