Dealing with dementia

Don't Leave Me Now author Brian Daniels.
Don't Leave Me Now author Brian Daniels.
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A new play focusing on mental health issues is set to appear at the Groundlings Theatre next week.

Don’t Leave Me Now, written by Brian Daniels and directed by Jeni Draper, explores the impact of early onset dementia on two very different families.

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 together to create a documentary style piece about the effects of living with dementia on both families and patients.

The performance at Groundlings is a rehearsed play reading featuring script changes inspired by the observations from the national charity Dementia UK. This is to be considered a work in progress which will include scripts on the stage.

Don’t Leave Me Now appears at the Groundlings Theatre, Portsea on Wednesday at 6.30pm. Tickets: £5. The play is endorsed by Dementia UK and ticket proceeds will be donated to the charity.

Call (023) 9273 7370 or visit for details and to book tickets.