• Joy dances
  • Joy and Walter have a picnic
  • Nasty patient Agnes Bull
  • Joy stands alone
Finding Joy
#findingjoy

About the show

The funny, fearless international sell-out mask production from the UK's leading full mask company. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll find joy!

Joy is 83 today: she's feisty, loves to dance, and is losing her memory. Her grandson Danny is rebellious, bright and always getting into trouble. When Danny decides to look after Joy, they discover a shared playfulness and mutual affection. But is that enough to take on the challenges ahead?

Vamos Theatre’s wordless world brings this story of lost memories and discovered love vividly to life, in the production that established Vamos Theatre as the UK’s leading full mask theatre company.

This production is accessible to hearing and deaf audiences alike.

Production details

CAST


Richard J. Fletcher: Billy, Walter, nurse, patient
James Greaves: Danny, consultant, Joy's mother
Sarah Hawkins: Joy's daughter, Joy at 25, Joy at 8
Rachael Savage: Old Joy, Betty

PRODUCTION TEAM

Writer/Director: Rachael Savage
Composer/Sound Editor: Janie Armour
Advisor: Penny Greenland
Set/Costume Designer: Carl Davies
Mask/Puppet Maker: Russell Dean
Associate Director: Alan Riley
Lighting Designer: Chris Barham
Choreographer: Rachael Alexander
Cine Film: Mike Jackson
Tour Manager: Richard J Fletcher
Technician: tbc
Print design: alienpen
Set Builders: Gavin Lewery
Costume Supervisor/maker: Hannah Marshall
Wig Dresser: Alison Barlow

OTHER INFO

RUNNING TIME: 75 mins

FUNDERS: Arts Council England, Worcestershire County Council

CO-PRODUCERS: Hereford Courtyard

IN ASSOCIATION WITH: JABADAO

SUITABILITY: Over 12 years

Reviews

 

Vamos Theatre's craftily constructed and crowd-pleasing piece...The show brilliantly conveys a sense of how frightening the world seems through Joy's eyes ... the company of four are always fleet and the storytelling is excellent.

 

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

 

Life-affirming, funny, deeply touching and highly, highly recommended!

 

Katerina Yannouli, Plays to See

 

A genuinely original, beautiful piece of work which deserves to be seen by a wide audience BRIGHTON FRINGE 2014 ARGUS ANGEL WINNER

 

Duncan Hall, The Argus, Brighton

 

The company are quickly cementing its position as one of, if not the, leading full-mask mime companies in existence. Finding Joy was an incredibly moving and wonderful piece of theatre. Quite simply, a triumph.

 

Dan English, InQuire

 

Finding Joy, now showing at the Tobacco Factory in Bristol, can be summed up in two words: simply beautiful.

 

Barbara Maxwell, What's On Stage

 

You learn more, and more effortlessly, from this production about positive caring than from a dozen textbooks. I urge all supporters of people with dementia to see it. This is positive caring in action: you laugh, you cry, you learn --- you find joy!

 

John Killick , Dementia Positive

Trailer

Finding Joy gallery

Get your coat on
Get your coat on
Joy's nightmare
Joy's nightmare
Agnes Bull
Agnes Bull
Evacuee
Evacuee
Picnic
Picnic

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The full tour list for Finding Joy
Thu 04 Aug 2016 4:30PM
Edinburgh Fringe Festival Rainy Hall
Assembly Hall Mound Place Edinburgh, EH1 2LU
Book Tickets: 01316 233030
Fri 05 Aug 2016 4:30PM
Edinburgh Fringe Festival Rainy Hall
Assembly Hall Mound Place Edinburgh, EH1 2LU
Book Tickets: 01316 233030
Sat 06 Aug 2016 4:30PM
Edinburgh Fringe Festival Rainy Hall
Assembly Hall Mound Place Edinburgh, EH1 2LU
Book Tickets: 01316 233030
Sun 07 Aug 2016 4:30PM
Edinburgh Fringe Festival Rainy Hall
Assembly Hall Mound Place Edinburgh, EH1 2LU
Book Tickets: 01316 233030
Mon 08 Aug 2016 4:30PM
Edinburgh Fringe Festival Rainy Hall
Assembly Hall Mound Place Edinburgh, EH1 2LU
Book Tickets: 01316 233030
Tue 09 Aug 2016 4:30PM
Edinburgh Fringe Festival Rainy Hall
Assembly Hall Mound Place Edinburgh, EH1 2LU
Book Tickets: 01316 233030
Wed 10 Aug 2016 4:30PM
Edinburgh Fringe Festival Rainy Hall
Assembly Hall Mound Place Edinburgh, EH1 2LU
Book Tickets: 01316 233030
Thu 11 Aug 2016 4:30PM
Edinburgh Fringe Festival Rainy Hall
Assembly Hall Mound Place Edinburgh, EH1 2LU
Book Tickets: 01316 233030
Fri 12 Aug 2016 4:30PM
Edinburgh Fringe Festival Rainy Hall
Assembly Hall Mound Place Edinburgh, EH1 2LU
Book Tickets: 01316 233030
Sat 13 Aug 2016 4:30PM
Edinburgh Fringe Festival Rainy Hall
Assembly Hall Mound Place Edinburgh, EH1 2LU
Book Tickets: 01316 233030
Sun 14 Aug 2016 4:30PM
Edinburgh Fringe Festival Rainy Hall
Assembly Hall Mound Place Edinburgh, EH1 2LU
Book Tickets: 01316 233030

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