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 new music by Nicky Wire and James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers. Download the new song for free here.
There will be a dementia-friendly relaxed performance on Thursday 9 June at 2.30pm. You can download a visual resource pack here. This resource is intended to help prepare visitors for their visit to the Sherman and to help them become familiar with their surroundings, and includes notes to help with the enjoyment of Before I Leave.