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.
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 and Co-Composer: Tic Ashfield
Co-Composer: Elaha Soroor
Movement Director: Jess Williams
Video Designer: Hayley Egan
Casting Director: Sarah Hughes CDG
Vocal Coach: Gary Horner
Artistic Associate: Tafsila Khan
Recording Musicians: Giuliano Modarelli (guitar), Al MacSween (keyboard/piano) and Gurdain Singh Rayatt (tabla)
Song lyrics and poetry: Mohammad Sharif Saiidi and Afif Bakhtari
Producer: Pádraig Cusack
To the following organisations...
Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Cathays High School
Daring to Dream
The Royal Mint
University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
University of South Wales
...and these generous individuals...
Dr Nav Masani
Fahim + family
Nia Davies + family
...who've been a part of this journey.
Mon - Sat 7.30pm,
except Tue 5 Oct when the performance will begin at 7pm
Please note that the 1 October preview performance has been cancelled due to scheduling reasons. Existing bookers will be contacted by our Ticket Office team to be transferred to another date of their choice, subject to availability, or to be issued a refund.
Running time: 2 hours and 20 minutes (including 1 interval)
Age guidance: 10+
Contains occasional strong language, flashing lights and the use of haze. It is a true story which some audience members may find troubling.
Accessible Performances: All performances will be creatively captioned in English for the d/Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing community. The captions will be artistically embedded within the production using projections. The performances on Tuesday 19 October, 7.30pm and Saturday 23 October, 2.30pm will be 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 the Garfield Weston Foundation Culture Fund for supporting our productions throughout 2021. Find out about supporting future productions through our Chair’s Circle.