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.
What a treat to be part of the Revealing the Mask workshop at LAMDA this afternoon.
Absolutely inspiring and so much fun. I have come away having fallen in love with full-mask performance not only having appreciated it as an audience having seen the work of Vamos Theatre on numerous occasions, but having experienced it as a performer and practitioner today in the studio.Rachael Savage is a genius and so much fun to work with.
I wholeheartedly encourage teachers and practitioners to engage with the work of Vamos Theatre in performance and via their professionals workshops - you will not be disappointed! What a wonderful experience to explore the magic of, and find such joy in, full-mask work. Thank you!