A story of hope, from Afghanistan to Wales.
Herat, Afghanistan, 2000. A young mother makes a speech demanding freedom for Afghan women, angering local Taliban leaders who issue a warrant for her execution. With no choice but to run, the Amiri family embark on a long and terrifying journey out of Afghanistan and across Europe with the UK as their ultimate goal.
Thrown into an unfamiliar world of fake passports and untrustworthy handlers, the Amiris must learn how to live with nothing and avoid capture at all costs. But with their eldest son Hussein’s life-threatening heart condition growing steadily worse, the journey soon becomes a race against time.
Will they beat the odds and reach the UK in time for Hussein to receive the surgery he so badly needs?
The Boy with Two Hearts, as featured on BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week, is the story of a family in danger and a love letter to the NHS. This extraordinary true story reveals the courage and humanity behind each refugee story, showing that hope and a sense of home can be found in the most unlikely places.
This is the first production of Wales Millennium Centre’s re-opening season and the first Welsh refugee story brought to the stage.
A Wales Millennium Centre production.
Based on the book by Hamed Amiri, adapted for the stage by Phil Porter in collaboration with Hamed Amiri and Hessam Amiri.
Director: Amit Sharma
Designer: Hayley Grindle
Lighting Designer: Amy Mae
Sound Designer: Tic Ashfield
Mon - Sat 7.30pm,
except Tue 5 Oct when the performance will begin at 7pm
Running time: 2 hours and 20 minutes (including 1 interval)
Age guidance: 10+
Includes one incident of strong language
Preview Performance: £5 tickets on Friday 1 October
Accessible Performances: The performances on Tuesday 19 and Saturday 23 October will be Captioned and Audio Described.
Women and children only performance: The performance on Wednesday 13 October, 7.30pm is available to audiences of women and children only.
For all performances, seats will be allocated on arrival
We've implemented a number of safety measures to ensure our venue is Covid-safe and in line with the latest government and performing arts guidelines. Find out more here.
We are extremely grateful to Bob and Lindsay Clark for investing in The Boy with Two Hearts, and to Garfield Weston Foundation for supporting our productions throughout 2021. Find out about supporting future productions through our Chair’s Circle.