Matthew Dunster directs BEFORE I LEAVE by Patrick Jones for National Theatre of Wales with Wales Millennium Centre. Opens 31 May at Sherman Theatre, Cardiff.
May 31, 2016 |

Before I leave I’ll give you some happiness
The laughter and pain, the good that remains
Hold me tighter still, keep me safe until
Hold me close, before I leave


In Merthyr, people who are losing themselves find each other in a choir for individuals living with dementia and Alzheimer’s.


Joe is too young, this shouldn’t be happening to him; Dyanne battles to hold on to the man she married.


Evan and Rocky fight a 30-year-old fight – the miners’ strike may be long gone, but the scars remain as the memories jumble and fade.


Ex-librarian and mezzo-soprano Marge has lost her voice. Perhaps only the choir can help her get it back.


And Isabelle won’t let her spirit be locked away and forgotten in a care home that she thinks doesn’t care at all.


A funny, moving and ultimately uplifting production featuring covers of well-known songs by artists ranging from Tom Jones to the Sex Pistols, plus a new song by Nicky Wire and James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers.


27 May – 11 June, 7.30pm
31 May 7.00pm



Saturday 11 June, 2.30pm
Thursday 9 June, 2.30pm – Relaxed Performance


Relaxed Peformance
Thursday 9 June, 2.30pm


Captioned and Audio Described Performance
Saturday 11 June, 2.30pm


Post show talk
2 & 8 June


£15 – £25
Previews: £12 – £20

Concessions: £2 off
Under 25s: Half price


Contains strong language


Part of Festival of Voice, a new international festival in Cardiff, 3 – 12 June 2016