Homeward Bound

The play ‘Homeward Bound’ won the Patient Experience Network National Award for Partnership and was a finalist for the Health Service Journal Awards in the compassionate care category.

Don’t Leave Me Now

Inspired by two real stories, the play explores with humour and insight the impact of early onset dementia on two very different families – a journey of love, loss and duty.
‘the play is subtly powerful, sympathetic and sharp, sad and funny……. Where dementia is the villain, words are priceless’ Howard Jacobson, Booker Prize winning author (New Statesman, 2016). The play has had more than 120 performances throughout the UK and a full scale London production is planned for 2017.

FINISHING TOUCHES

a contemporary look at the impact of childhood sexual abuse on four survivors at various ages and stages of adult life.
Relations between mother and daughter, Carol and Dawn, are at breaking point with family friend Neil struggling to maintain the equilibrium. But a chance encounter between Neil and policeman Roy, a friend he hasn’t seen since boarding school, prises the lid from another problematic can of worms.

As four lives become increasingly intertwined, their owners unearth the courage to look back, relive and step forward in this dynamic, modern production.

FINISHING TOUCHES came about when Dr Liz Davies, Reader in Child Protection at London Metropolitan University attended a performance of Brian’s play WHERE IS YOUR MAMA GONE which explored the impact on lives of children brought up in the care system. Dr Davies approached the playwright to write a new play about issues around historical child sexual abuse, institutional abuse and grooming. Dr. Davies introduced Brian Daniels to Leigh Day Law firm of great repute in supporting victims of abuse. Both Alison Day, a partner at Leigh Day and Adrian Jewitt Head Of Marketing came to see WHERE’S YOUR MAMA GONE and without hesitation they commissioned Brian Daniels in 2015 to write a play looking particularly at ‘peer on peer’ abuse and other issues around historical sexual and physical abuse.

‘Finishing Touches’ played to a packed house at the Barbican in August 2016 and then for the Dept. Of Criminology and Social Work at Leeds Beckett University before being booked to launch the arts programme at the new Fitzrovia Chapel Arts building – the former Middlesex Hospital Chapel for three performances in June 2017.

‘All I wanted was a Doll’

The Leeds Jewish Welfare board commemorates 140 years of continuing service to the Jewish community of Leeds. It’s a unique organisation which has provided health, social and welfare care for the City’s growing Jewish population. We are taken back to the early years of the Board – originally known as the Board of Guardians – and we laugh and cry with some of the very personal and authentic experiences of the community. It’s not a unique story – immigrant communities have faced the same struggles and battles to retain their identity and at the same time integrate with the indigenous community. The play is commissioned by the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board.

THE GOOD AND THE TRUE

is based on the inspirational true story of Shoah (Holocaust) survivors, Hana Pravda and Milos Dobry. Hana is an actress and Milos is an athlete. They have spent their working lives building suspense, knocking crowds into submission, and drawing gasps from their onlookers. Both Auschwitz survivors, it’s now their moment to show how strength, and a will of iron, shape this dual tale of love, loss and salvation. Or was it just luck?

A remarkable piece of verbatim theatre, the play weaves the true stories of two extraordinary voices, in a new English adaptation by Brian Daniels.

Bounce Back Boy

the true story of Josh, a severely disabled boy, told through the very personal accounts and challenges his adoptive mother experienced around ‘joined up care’ provision. Performed by one actor.

Fighting For Life

We want our parents to live happily ever after. It doesn’t always happen that way. Social mobility and the pressures of modern life frequently mean that our elderly parents become more frail and dependent on outside support. When ill-health strikes – and in the case of ‘Fighting for Life’ – motor neurone disease for Jim and dementia for Joan – their middle aged children have the dilemma of how to access the best treatment and care – will their parents be forced to live separately after a 60 year marriage and how will their health issues be monitored? The play is inspired by the Findlay Report – a family case study on the handling of motor neurone disease by UK health and social services. ‘Whatever you do, don’t get this bloody awful disease’ – David Niven actor who developed motor neurone disease.’

‘Hello, My name is………’

Dr Kate Granger was an outstanding geriatrician. She became a consultant in her early thirties and her future looked bright. She and her husband Chris were planning their future life when she was diagnosed with a rare and virulent cancer. Overnight she became a patient and observed life from a hospital bed. During numerous consultations she felt she was losing her sense of personal identity. Then a porter called Brian arrived to take her to the operating procedure. He introduced himself saying ‘Hello, my name is Brian and I’m going to be taking care of you’. Those words restored her feeling of self-worth and, knowing she was in palliative care resolved to ‘make a difference’. She started a campaign for all those engaged in health and social care introduce themselves with ‘Hello, my name is………’. The campaign is now recognised world-wide. This play tells the remarkable story of Dr Granger – her commitment to improve the lives of patients and her resolve to leave the world a better place. This play was commissioned by St Gemma’s Hospice, Leeds where Kate died in 2016.

WHERE’S YOUR MAMA GONE?

The story of twins Stephen and Carol Connor who were just six years old when they lost mum Kath to serial killer Paul Sutton. With an absent father, no relatives on hand to care for them, they are separated from their older sister and become “looked-after children”. When the twins are sixteen they must leave the care home and fend for themselves, but how will they face a lifelong battle with lost identity and repressed anger?

Playwright, Brian Daniels was living in Leeds in the mid 1970s. In 1975 the man known as the ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ murdered his first victim, 28 year old mother of four young children, Wilma McCann. He went on to murder 12 other women and left several others for dead. It was through researching the story of Wilma McCann and her children that inspired Brian to create a fictional story based on the real events of the period.

“A raw, explosive drama grabs the audience’s attention immediately…..compelling and compassionate. … the young people in care whom we took to the performance were absolutely riveted” MAGGIE TAYLOR, ACTION FOR CHILDREN

A Big Day for the Goldbergs

a comedy about a provincial Jewish family coming to terms with the struggles of single parenthood, alternative lifestyle choices and keeping up appearances. Denise Goldberg is a single parent. Her two daughters, both in their 20s have very different ideas about what will make them happy. Denise too feels that life for her can begin again at 50 – but their choices are coloured by what they feel their friends, family and neighbours will think of their unusual lifestyle choices. This play has had two London seasons, a run at the Edinburgh Festival and toured the UK.