Don't Wake Me: The Ballad of Nihal Armstrong

An unforgettable love story of a mother and her disabled son.

Don't Wake Me: The Ballad of Nihal Armstrong

Best New Play (Rahila Gupta)
Best Performance (Jaye Griffiths)

NIHAL - a boy born to silence. His mother - convinced, in the teeth of all advice, that he can communicate and live a rich life. A powerful, funny and deeply moving account of their struggles and triumphs. 

Starting with a difficult conception and a terrifying delivery with unsympathetic midwives on hand, Nihal's mother says 'her backbone lost its steel' when the doctor predicts that this gurgling, farting, smiling baby would not grow up to walk, talk, read or write. When Nihal's mother discovers he has a sensitive and intelligent personality trapped inside his body, she does everything in her power to set it free but mostly comes up against brick walls. Even in schools where the teachers should have known better!

A rollercoaster of loss, grief, joy, Nihal's wicked sense of humour and the indomitable human spirit.

"This spellbinding, heartening and beautifully delivered account of an extraordinary relationship is a really unique theatrical experience”  Prunella Scales and Timothy West.

“What an extraordinary piece of work - brave, complex and funny as well as incredibly moving.”  Roy Williams

"Superbly performed by Jaye Griffiths and sensitively directed by Guy Slater, this is a four-star event that deserves the widest possible audience and movingly vindicates the monologue form." THE GUARDIAN****

"passionate and moving ... with a heart-aching sense of authenticity."  EVENING STANDARD ****

Jaye Griffiths "is tender, angry, forlorn and wickedly funny ... this is, without doubt, a piece of work that will affect every audience that sees it".  THE PUBLIC REVIEWS****

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions)
Twin Tickets: You can see this show at 7pm and then the 8.30pm performance of Blair's Children on the same night for £20 (Weds 5th June onwards).

19th Junepost-show discussion/workshop on inclusive education led by Richard Rieser, an expert disabled international equality trainer.

Concessions (when available) apply to students, seniors, disabled, Westminster residents, Equity/Bectu/MU members.