A Curve, Leeds Playhouse and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch co-production

Maggie May

Tue 7 - Sat 11 Jun 2022



‘They say we’re like swans. Ruddy beautiful graceful things on the surface of a lake but underneath we’re paddling like mad.’ 

Maggie and Gordon first met in 1971 and have been dancing to the sounds of Cliff Richard, Chairmen of the Board, and Jackson 5 ever since. Now in their sixties, and still very much in love, they’ve been finishing each other’s songs all their marriage. But now Maggie is feeling foggy and some days the songs are all she can remember. Her son and new girlfriend are coming to dinner and her best friend is asking questions.

An extraordinary play about an ordinary Leeds family, balancing the challenges of daily life whilst living with dementia. A heartfelt story of hope by award winning playwright Frances Poet, Maggie May is an inspiring new play with love, laughter and music.

Maggie May has been created in collaboration with many people living with different types of dementia and their ideas have been crucial in making this play. This includes influencing the story, technical design elements, colour choices in the set and costumes, sound and music, and captioned reminders to guide people from scene to scene. All performances of Maggie May are Dementia Friendly.

There is a comfortable space for reflection outside the auditorium – The Picture Booth – for anyone who needs it, designed by Leeds Playhouse Resident Designer Warda Abbasi, to amplify the experiences of people living with dementia and their relationship to music.

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including interval)
Age Guidance: 11+, occasional strong language. Maggie May contains a naturalistic portrayal of adapting to life with dementia in the first year after diagnosis.

Enhance your visit to see Maggie May with our new activities sheet, designed to support creative activities for someone living with memory problems or dementia. Click here to view or download on Issuu.


£22 – £10

£15 Under 16s
£15 16-26 yrs and/or Students (with a free 16-26 & Student Membership), and Curve Connect
£15 Under 18s school groups
£12 for Groups 6+
2-4-1 tickets for FriendsSupporters on Tue 7 Jun, 7.15pm 
15% off for Members

All customers on our Access Register are entitle to a free companion ticket. To find out more about our Access Register and details on how to join, please click here.

All performances for Maggie May are Dementia Friendly

Click here to read our Pre-show Information Pack on Issuu

Captioned: Thu 9 Jun, 7.15pm
Captioner: Jenny Skene

BSL Interpreted: Sat 11 Jun, 2pm
BSL Interpreter: Emma Phillips
At this performance, the interpreter will be positioned on the left of the stage.

*Discounts are subject to availability and may be removed at any time. Only valid on certain performances - terms and conditions apply.

Credits & Acknowledgments

Writer Frances Poet
Director Jemima Levick
Set and Costume Designer Francis O’Connor
Lighting Designer Chris Davey
Composer and Sound Designer Claire McKenzie
Casting Director Kay Magson
Theatre and Dementia Advisor Nicky Taylor
Movement Director Jospeh Mercier
Associate Designer Alex Doidge-Green
Dialect Coach Eleanor Manners

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Cast & Creative

Eithne Browne


Shireen Farkhoy


Maxine Finch


Mark Holgate


Tony Timberlake