Lonely Planet

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‘Astonishing attention to detail and a wildly talented team make Lonely Planet one of the most exciting fringe performances you can expect to see this year.’
– Arthur’s Seat Review

The UK premiere from award-winning playwright Steven Dietz, recently placed eighth on the list of the Top Ten Most Produced Playwrights in America, equal to Edward Albee and Tennessee Williams.

Jody is an introvert who owns and operates a map store in a rundown area of town. He is so fearful of the outside world that he’s become practically agoraphobic, seldom leaving his store.

His far more outgoing friend Carl comes and goes regularly, and is Jody’s connection to the outside world. He brings tall tales about his various professions, games, and entertainment. He also brings Jody a taste of the outside world that he’d prefer not to acknowledge.

Set during the 1980’s AIDS crisis Lonely Planet is an endearing, absurdly comical and poignant friendship tale.

Directed by Ian Brown, former Artistic Director of the multi award-winning West Yorkshire Playhouse.


We are thrilled to present our six exceptional speakers for our Lonely Planet post-show sessions. These will last approximately half an hour and are free to attend after the show. 

Friday 30 June – Jonathan Blake

Pioneering HIV-positive activist Jonathan will be with us on the 30 June to talk about his experience being diagnosed with HIV in 1982. Jonathan’s was the first ever diagnosis at the Middlesex Hospital, and one of the first in the UK. Even though he was told he would only survive 3 months, Jonathan has been living with HIV for 35 years. He was portrayed by Dominic West in the recent BAFTA award winning Pride, a film based on his activism with the ‘Lesbians and Gays Support The Miners’ alliance.

Tuesday 4 July – Dr Mike Youle, Michael Brady and Yusef Azad

On 4 July we are hosting a panel of three inspiring medical professionals and policy makers, who will discuss the ongoing stigma of a HIV/AIDS diagnosis, the medical advances that have been made since the 80s epidemic, and the future of modern treatment.

Dr Mike Youle – doctor and clinical researcher – qualified in 1984 and specialises in HIV treatment. Mike is one of the founders of the Kobler Clinic at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, the earliest specialist centre combining HIV care and research in the UK.

Dr Michael Brady is the medical director at the Terrence Higgins Trust, a Sexual Health and HIV consultant at Kings College Hospital, the Clinical Lead of the South East London Sexual Health Network and Principal Investigator at Kings for the PROUD study on pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP.  

Yusef Azad is the Director of Strategy for the Policy & Campaigns team at the National Aids Trust.

Friday 7 July – Dr Christian Jessen

Doctor, writer and presenter Dr Christian Jessen will be joining us on 7 July to discuss the importance of HIV testing and fighting stigma. Dr Christian holds a MSc degree in sexual health, and has a particular interest in HIV and Malaria studies, which were the focus of his work in Kenya and Uganda. He is the Medical Advisor and weekly health column writer for the Evening Standard and is best known for his extensive charity work and for presenting the Channel 4 programmes Embarrassing Bodies and Supersize vs Superskinny.  

Tuesday 11 July – Angus Pelletier

And for our final post show discussion we will be joined by Angus Pelletier. After being diagnosed with HIV in 1987, Angus was given just six months to live. Thirty years later Angus shares his memories from the time of his diagnosis with our Lonely Planet audience.