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“I should have mentioned it before, my Mum, she, last year, she passed”.

James is suffocated by his past. Based on true events, this is one couple’s journey through bereavement, love, pregnancy, superheroes and enforced pen maintenance. It’s a story about the importance of talking, opening up and grieving at the right time and about not letting your past determine your future. This intimate and gripping account of life and death has been developed in association with Cruse Bereavement Care.

Communicate is part of Love Arts Leeds. The play is an exploration of the effects of grief on individuals and on relationships. The play is autobiographical; the writer lost both his parents whilst he was in his twenties, shut down, did not communicate and, a few years later, was diagnosed with PTSD. The central aims of the play are to address and raise awareness of the need to grieve, to talk, to listen and to have hope. The play seeks to open up a dialogue about addressing your feelings at the right time and in the right way to try to limit the long-term impact on your mental and physical health as far as it is possible to do so.

Recommended 12+


Post Show Discussion

After the performance, members of the creative team return to the stage to answer questions from the audience - why not join the discussion, ask your own questions and enjoy an insider's glimpse into the production process? The panel members of the post show discussion will include; Marcus J Bazley (director), Jackie Thomas (Cruse), Emma Pickering (Cruse) and Jane Robinson (Leeds Bereavement Forum).
Our After Show Discussions are completely free of charge and you do not need to book specifically for them - just stay on after the show!


£13 standard

£11 concessions

Tickets & Times

  • Everyone should see this play
    Area Manager, Cruse Bereavement Care

  • A really delicate piece of writing
    Richard Cameron, Playwright

  • Explores its themes poignantly with humour too
    Audience Member