“Don’t leave me now” by Brian Daniels, 24 May 2016 at Quay Arts, Newport
“Don’t Leave Me Now”, by the acclaimed playwright Brian Daniels, is set to return for the third year running, with two free performances at Quay Arts, Newport. The performances (3pm and 6pm, Tuesday 24 May 2016) have come about after staff from the Trust’s Memory Service were deeply moved when they saw a dramatised play reading at Earl Mountbatten Hospice last year, and extended an invitation for the play to return to the Island.
A cast of five professional actors will be performing a dramatised ‘script in hand’ reading of “Don’t Leave Me Now”. The play explores, with humour and insight, the impact on two very different Yorkshire families before and after an early onset dementia diagnosis. Where does love end and duty begin – or does it?
“Don’t Leave Me Now” was inspired by the true stories of Professor Rachael Dixey, who nursed her partner through early onset dementia for ten years, writing every day in her journal about her experiences, and the story of Chris Toulman whose wife Cindy visited him every day and all day for the last seven years of his life at the same care home in Yorkshire. Playwright Brian Daniels weaves the strands of these two stories to create a drama with authenticity and impact. The journal written by Professor Rachael Dixey is also being published as a book, “Irene, Alzhiemers and Me”, by Medina Press on Tuesday 24 May. The Chief Executive of Medina Press, Peter Harrigan, is a well-known Island resident.
The play is endorsed by all major dementia charities, the National Council for Palliative Care, Cruse and Age UK, and has had over 60 dramatised performed readings in the UK and Ireland. It has been professionally filmed by the NHS for use in training healthcare professionals. A fully staged production is scheduled to open at Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, in 2017.
The Isle of Wight readings are the inspiration of Lady Sally Grylls who works tirelessly to raise funds towards the Admiral Nurse campaign and the charity Dementia UK.
Audience comments have included: "Performed with brilliance"; "Exceptionally true to life and very well acted"; "Very well written - very economical and emotionally powerful, thought provoking"
For more information, visit www.dontleavemenow.co.uk and for more information about the Trust’s Memory Service, visit http://www.iow.nhs.uk/our-services/mental-health-services/Memory%20Service/memory-service.htm
To reserve tickets to the free performances at Quay Arts, please email Brian Daniels firstname.lastname@example.org