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

 

Matinees

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

 

Ticketshttps://nationaltheatrewales.org/i-leave
£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