UKTW - 25 years online


VenueSherman Theatre
Other spaces: Arena
From27th May 2016
Opened31st May 2016
To11th June 2016
When19:30. May 31 at 19:00. Jun 9,11 Mats 14:30
What is currently on at Sherman Theatre (V824)
CORONAVIRUS: All UK venues closed on 16th March 2020, restrictions were lifted on 19th July 2021. Please note that iUKTDb archive listings between March 2020 and July 2021 may not be accurate as we did not receive details of all rescheduled and cancelled shows.

Before I Leave

Before I LeaveT0857401177
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.
Author Patrick Jones

Archive :: production:T0857401177, musical:S0319907586, venue:V824

Production details

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

Special Performances

  • 9 Jun 16 Relaxed
  • 11 Jun 16 Audio Described
  • 11 Jun 16 Captioned


Producer National Theatre Wales
Producer Wales Millennium Centre
Director Matthew Dunster
Design Anna Fleischle
Design Dick Straker (video designer)
Musical Director Dyfan Jones
Lighting Joe Fletcher
Sound Ian Dickinson (for Autograph)
Costume Angharad Matthews
Musical Director Greg Palmer (associate musical director)
Director Gavin Porter (emerging director)
Performer James Ashton
Performer Desmond Barrit
Performer Llinos Daniel
Performer Vern Griffiths
Performer Celia Hewitt
Performer Dafydd Hywel
Performer Martin Marquez
Performer Sara McGaughey
Performer Gaynor Morgan Rees
Performer Melanie Walters
Performer Oliver Wood
Performer Lisa Zahra
Performer Gwawr Loader

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