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National Theatre Wales

I'll Sing this Song

In 2016, Before I Leave’s writer Patrick Jones joined forces with National Theatre Wales TEAM, filmmaker Kym Epton, photographer and designer Paul Thomas and musician Ben Tinniswood to teach three choirs of people living with Dementia, in Wrexham, Barry (in the Vale of Glamorgan) and Brecon (Powys), to sing Before I Leave, the song Nicky Wire and James Dean Bradfield of the Manic Street Preachers wrote for the production.

The result is a short film about the experiences of the choirs, which champions the healing power of song.

But there’s more! 

National Theatre Wales TEAM are proud to launch a brand new, FREE app that will help other Dementia choirs... 

  • watch the film; 
  • listen to Before I Leave (performed by Nicky Wire and James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers); 
  • and learn the lyrics and sing along!


About the App

The I’ll Sing This Song digital project is a toolkit for individuals, community groups, choirs and schools to follow in the path of our choristers, to undertake the process and engage with the subject of Dementia. A resource not only to help those living with the condition, but for a population in need of a greater understanding of mental health. 

Please share the links below with any friends, family or contacts you have who may be interested. With thanks to The Baring Foundation & Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Design & Development by Bwtîc /



Download the FREE app here 


Note: Requires iOS 9.2 or later. Compatible with iPad.


I'll Sing This Song teaser | Before I Leave