National Theatre Wales with Wales Millennium Centre



27 May - 11 June
Previews 27 - 30 May
9 June, 2.30pm Relaxed Performance & Captioned
11 June, 2.30pm Captioned and Audio Described


£15 - £25
Previews £12 - £20
Concessions: £2 off
Under 25s: Half price

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Main House


Running Time: 2hours 30minutes

Contains strong language

Post-show talks: 2 & 8 June
9 June, 2.30pm: Relaxed Performance & Captioned
11 June, 1.30pm Touch Tour & 2.30pm: Captioned and Audio Described

By Patrick Jones
Director Mattew Dunster

  • Show Information
  • Show Times
  • Reviews
  • Cast & Team

Show Information

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.

Relaxed Performance

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.

Show Times

Friday 27 May (Preview) 7.30pm
Saturday 28 May (Preview) 7.30pm
Monday 30 May (Preview) 7.30pm
Tuesday 31 May 7.00pm
Wednesay 1 June 7.30pm
Thursday 2 June 7.30pm
Friday 3 June 7.30pm
Saturday 4 June 7.30pm
Monday 6 June 7.30pm
Tuesday 7 June 7.30pm
Wednesday 8 June 7.30pm
Thursday 9 June (Relaxed Performance and Captioned) 2.30pm
Thursday 9 June 7.30pm
Friday 10 June 7.30pm
Saturday 11 June (Captioned and Audio Described) 2.30pm
Saturday 11 June 7.30pm


★★★ "Poignant and honest" The Stage

★★★ "Matthew Dunster's staging gradually brings your blood to the boil, charged with heart, civic pride and feeling". What's On Stage

★★★★ "Joyous drama about reality of dementia" The Guardian

Cast & Team

By Patrick Jones

Director Matthew Dunster

Designer Anna Fleischle

Video Designer Dick Straker

Musical Director Dyfan Jones

Lighting Designer Joe Fletcher

Sound Designer Ian Dickinson for Autograph

Costume Designer Angharad Matthews

Associate Musical Director Greg Palmer

Emerging Director Gavin Porter


James Ashton

Desmond Barrit

Llinos Daniel

Vern Griffiths

Celia Hewitt

Dafydd Hywel

Martin Marquez

Sara McGaughey

Gaynor Morgan Rees

Melanie Walters

Oliver Wood

Lisa Zahra

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