The Abbey Runs Living With HIV Community Workshops

Shaun Dunne and Robbie Lawlor who are running workshops for people living with HIV in Ireland

The Abbey Theatre is inviting people who are HIV-positive to participate in workshops around the themes of stigma, disclosure and empowerment


The Abbey Theatre’s Community and Education Department is running workshops around HIV stigma, disclosure and empowerment.

The Abbey have invited all people who are HIV-positive to participate in the talking sessions and drama workshops which will be facilitated by Shaun Dunne and Robbie Lawlor.

Shaun Dunne is a playwright and artist whose work is informed by real people. He mainly works with a company called Talking Shop Ensemble.

Robbie Lawlor is a HIV-positive man, former Mr. Gay Ireland, activist and advocate. He spoke at the first GCN Town Hall Talks about HIV stigma, PrEP and rapid testing.


Documentary Theatre

Their goal is to create a piece of documentary theatre which is both daring and community led that gives a glimpse into the real life experiences of people who are living with HIV in Ireland today.

These workshops are open to all people living in Ireland who are HIV positive.

“We would love to meet with people who are interested in sharing their story and supporting our wider research around the subject,” the Abbey’s website reads.

“People who are interested in the arts and enjoy working with others are especially welcome.”



The project will take place over five months, in five two-hour sessions, but participation in the project is flexible and can be adjusted based upon your availability.

“For example, you may be interested in taking part in the group meetings/drama workshops but have zero desire in performing during the piece.

“This is not a problem and the company will work around your individual circumstance to make sure you are comfortable and supported to take part in whatever way suits you.”

Additionally, if HIV-positive people would like to participate anonymously, this is also possible.


When & Where

The first meeting will be held this Thursday February 23 between 7 and 9pm in The Abbey Theatre.

For more information or to ask any questions, email Shaun Dunne at [email protected].

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