As Is (1987)

Mile End Road
18 Aug - 26 Sep 1987
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  • by William M. Hoffman

As is was not only about AIDS. It raised questions of love and courage relevant to everyone, straight or gay, male or female. Rich has a new young lover, a successful business and a newly published book when he finds he has AIDS. Friends and family turn their backs on Rich. Only his former lover Saul returns to care for him and accepts him ‘as is’.

With humour and sensitivity, As Is shattered the apathy and ignorance surrounding a real disease which touches all people. The play explored their struggle to accept their fears – the same struggle facing the community around them.

New York critics hailed As Is as the most powerful play of the year when it opened off Broadway at the Circle Repertory Theatre in March 1985. When the play was performed at Half Moon two years later the significance and urgency of As Is was even greater.

A percentage of income from As Is was donated to the Terrence Higgins Trust. Two extra midnight performances gave all the proceeds to the charity.


Cast List

  • George Costigan Rich
  • Susannah Fellows Lily
  • David Fielder Saul
  • Ursula Jones Hospice worker/ Nurse
  • Ray Shell Pat

Creative Team




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