‘The half’ is theatre language for the 30 minutes before curtain up, in which actors prepare alone for their transition to the stage. ‘The half’ is a private time for an actor; it is the thirty minutes when everyone is cleared out and the actors are left alone to focus on the performance ahead. For the past 25 years photographer Simon Annand has been granted unprecedented access to actors’ dressing rooms during the half; the result is a series of portraits that catch the moment in which the daily self is shed and the actor slides their way into a role.


POZ Newsfeed: Here’s How the HIV Community Responded to Charlie Sheen’s Disclosure

“The fact that Sheen felt he had to hide his status, spending millions of dollars to do so, is a testament to the stigma around HIV, which includes moral judgments about sexual behavior.” —Michelangelo Signorile

“The measure I use when HIV comes up in the public realm is put it to the Diabetes Test: “Are we talking about this the way we’d talk about diabetes?” That’s another chronic illness manageable with meds; these days, in fact, it’s often harder to manage than HIV. By that measure, the Sheen story failed.” —Tim Murphy

“I would imagine in the coming days there will be much talk about Mr. Sheen putting others at risk. He claims he has never done so, which is highly likely especially since he is on medication. However, this topic is a slippery slope.” —Jack Mackenroth

“The chances of transmission from a single sexual contact are much smaller than most people imagine. Even the sexual activity with the highest risk—receptive anal sex—results in transmission less than 2% of the time. And that is without taking into account use of prevention technologies, such as condoms, “treatment as prevention,” or pre-exposure prophylaxis.” —Scott Shoettes

“Whenever a highly visibly person like Sheen comes out as HIV-positive, it starts conversations around American kitchen tables and office water coolers that wouldn’t otherwise happen. This is an opportunity to get the facts about HIV, and about ways that people living with HIV are portrayed that can be harmful.” —Neil Giuliano