A new play with songs by Matt Jones and Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke. Directed by Southpaw Dance Company’s Robby Graham.
Give me your worst day
Give it to me
I’ll take the strain
Give me all the times you go insane
Your leave to remain
A remarkable story of a young gay couple suddenly faced with an uncertain future, told through a blend of music, drama and movement.
Leave to Remain explores the effects of one couple’s marriage, and what happens when it begins to fracture both their families.
Age Recommendation: 14+
The show is also miles too long, spinning a slim tale out to nearly two hours without an interval. Cut in half, with more memorable songs, it would shine much brighter
Unimaginative new musical
The story, song and movement are seamlessly integrated
Flawed but affecting study of love and hedonism
Hackneyed story of an awkward engagement
The script itself stands above the crowd for its intricate plot line and well-developed characters, but a special mention needs to be made for Okereke’s score, which is undeniably some of his best work since Bloc Party’s sophomore album A Weekend in the City
The excellent cast has a lot to do and they do it all well
A bouncing bundle of joy of a thing, Leave to Remain blends music, dance and storytelling into something rare – a musical that is actually kind of cool
Everything about it is five star, it deserves packed houses and a long life
Wonderful storytelling shows theatre at its magnetic best