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.
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
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
RUNNING TIME: 75 mins
FUNDERS: Arts Council England, Worcestershire County Council
CO-PRODUCERS: Hereford Courtyard
IN ASSOCIATION WITH: JABADAO
SUITABILITY: Over 12 years
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!