Manic Street Preachers duo write new song for a stage play

Titled 'Before I Leave', the stage show is written by Nicky Wire's brother Patrick Jones

Manic Street Preachers‘ Nicky Wire and James Dean Bradfield have written a new song for a forthcoming stage play called Before I Leave.

The play with songs, a National Theatre Wales production, has been written by Patrick Jones, Nicky Wire’s brother. It is said to have a similar tone to gritty but uplifting British films from the 90s such as The Full Monty, Brassed Off and Billy Elliott.

Before I Leave centres on a community choir whose members are living with dementia. It follows the choir’s journey from “from formation, to auditioning for Britain’s Got Talent and the near break-up of the group”.


Nicky Wire and James Dean Bradfield have written the play’s title song, ‘Before I Leave’. In addition, the play will feature what is described as “an eclectic mix of covers from Sex Pistols to Tom Jones”. Before I Leave will play at Cardiff’s Sherman Theatre from May 27.

Meanwhile, the Manic Street Preachers confirmed last week that a reissue of their 1996 album ‘Everything Must Go’ will accompany the album’s 20th anniversary tour dates later this year.

The band have promised to play the album in full on the tour, including a number of tracks that haven’t been played live since the year of the its release. Editors will join the band as special guests for the tour, excluding Swansea where Super Furry Animals and Public Service Broadcasting will support.

Manic Street Preachers will play the following 20th anniversary shows:

Liverpool, Echo Arena (May 13)
Birmingham, Genting Arena (14)
London, Royal Albert Hall (16-17)
Leeds, First Direct Arena (20)
Glasgow, The SSE Hydro (21)
Swansea, Liberty Stadium (28)