A Melbourne writer is calling for women to share their experiences with HIV for a new theatre project.

Gavin Roach, whose previous theatre productions have included Measure of Man, Confessions of a Grindr Addict, and I Can’t Say the F Word, is working on a new project documenting the HIV/AIDS narrative in Australia from the viewpoint of women.

“There are many plays, both Australian and international, that deal with issues that men have faced but so few of them tell the story from the viewpoint of women,” said Roach.

“We are looking for individuals [who are] female and know someone living with or have been living with HIV themselves.

“We want to hear stories from women who were there during the early days of the HIV/AIDS crisis in Australia, who cared for individuals or were cared for themselves.

“We are looking for stories from mothers, sisters, friends, nurses, doctors… anyone that has a story to tell.”

Roach and collaborator Dirk Hoult’s new creative endeavour will be called We Were There: A Verbatim Theatre Project.

Verbatim theatre is a form of documentary where plays are written from the precise spoken words of people interviewed.

Roach and Hoult are looking to interview women about their experiences with HIV for the project, either in person or via a questionnaire that can be emailed or posted.

Women who are interested in participating can contact the writers at tiltedprojects@gmail.com.

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