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Don’t Leave Me Now Reading – 27/08/14

Don’t Leave Me Now Reading – 27/08/14

We are pleased to announce that the brilliant play Don’t Leave Me Now will be having another reading on Wednesday the 27th of August.

Tickets are only £5 and are available from the box office at 02392 737 370.

Full details are below.





A new play

Written by Brian Daniels

Directed by Jeni Draper


Rehearsed play reading

on Wednesday 27 August 2014 at 6.30pm

at Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth


Inspired by two real stories, Brian Daniels’ new play DON’T LEAVE ME NOW explores the impact of early onset dementia on two very different families.

Professor Rachael Dixey, Professor of Health at Leeds Metropolitan University nursed her partner through dementia for seven years.  Cindy Toulman whose husband Chris has been a patient at Thistle Hill Care Home in Knaresborough, has visited him every day for the last ten years.  The play was inspired by these two stories and Brian has woven the strands to create a documentary style piece of the effects of living with dementia on the families and the patients.

The play completed a week of workshops at the prestigious West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds (Brian’s home town) and has had a dozen further rehearsed readings in Leeds,  London, Croydon and Knaresborough. The Portsmouth reading will include script changes inspired by the observations and comments from the national charity Dementia UK with whom Brian is collaborating.

Don’t Leave Me Now is endorsed by Dementia UK and ticket proceeds will be donated to the charity.


Brian Daniels was Artistic Director of the New End Theatre Hampstead between 1997 and 2011.  During that time Brian produced more than 200 new plays, mostly World or UK premieres.  He has worked with many writers and performers including Steven Berkoff, Maureen Lipman, Richard Dreyfuss, Susannah York, Prunella Scales, Fenella Fielding, Paula Wilcox and Jerry Hall.  As a playwright, he has written WHERE’S YOUR MAMA GONE?, A BIG DAY FOR THE GOLDBERGS, and his current play exploring the effects of dementia on family life DON’T LEAVE ME NOW is being workshopped in association with the West Yorkshire Playhouse.  He has also adapted the award winning play THE GOOD AND THE TRUE which received its New York premiere in January 2014 and is currently showing on Off Broadway’s DR2 Theatre.


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