September is World Alzheimer’s Month, so it’s a perfect time to celebrate the work being done to help combat dementia, and support and care for people living with it. There are lots of ways you can help, including through dementiafriends.org,uk, of which Vamos Theatre is a proud to be a part.
Cast and crew of the upcoming Finding Joy tour are deep in rehearsals, but found time for a quick photo: welcome to new cast member Sarah and touring technician, Elliot, who join Louise, James and Bidi in the team.
Our tour of Finding Joy has two dementia-friendly/relaxed performances; on 30th October at Artrix, Bromsgrove and on 10th Nov at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon. They're for anyone who would benefit from a more easy-going theatre experience - and everyone is welcome.
Lighting is one of the most essential elements of a theatre performance, yet it’s rarely noticed. Giving an insight into its role in Finding Joy, lighting designer Chris Barham helps us know what to look out for…
Where to start - It’s gone now 8pm and my husband hasn’t stopped speaking about what a lovely afternoon he has enjoyed attending a performance of Sharing Joy. By the time we arrived at the RSC’s Other Place, Peter was positively grumpy I had brought him on a disorientating bus ride (Sunday service!) to an unknown experience. I too was beginning to think I had thought a theatre trip was a good idea. However, from the time both Rachel and Dougie involved us in sensitive, reassuring conversation in the foyer and escorted us to our excellent seat, his mood changed and he was ready to enjoy. Enjoy he did. His responses amazed even me. I note from the website that the production has been sponsored, so great thanks to the sponsors and a hope they can continue to do so in future. It is a truly inspirational production full of skill, sensitivity, kindness and - above all - Joy, something often missing from lives of all living with dementia. Thank you all, including the management and staff at the Other Place who swelled the ranks of the dedicated cast and seemed to enjoy it as well.