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Play looks at impact of HIV/AIDS

Yvette Best

Play looks at impact of HIV/AIDS

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STIGMA, DISCRIMINATION, acceptance, promiscuity and homosexuality are just some of the areas explored in Looking Back At Sodom, which was presented by the Ministry of Tourism at Frank Collymore Hall Friday and last night.
Based in a village with a thriving pleasure house, schoolgirl Yasmin tries hard to break the cycle started by her adoptive grandmother (Madam) and a mother (Paula) who abandoned her at an early age to seek fortune in the exotic sounding houses in Europe.
Paula returns to the village after 12 years, with HIV the only thing to show for it. Lots of things had changed, but it was largely the same.
Her battle with the disease notwithstanding, Paula tries hard to keep Yasmin from following in her footsteps, and to save her from the clutches of Pope, who is much more than part-proprietor of the house and predator.
Patrons got a reality check of the issues through the excellent portrayals of Shakira Forde, Ashley Corbin, Leanne Humphrey, Shana Hinds, Dainika Bynoe, Levi King, Angelo Lascelles and Matthew Murrell.
The production was the penultimate event in Love Safely Week, which is aimed at encouraging people to remember to be careful while celebrating the season of love.
In keeping with what was started six year ago, the Ministry of Tourism used drama to educate people about the impact of HIV/AIDS.
Looking Back At Sodom was directed by Winston Farrell, produced by Cecily Spencer-Cross, with the ministry’s HIV/AIDS programme coordinator Madge Dalrymple as executive producer.