Whist the Brighton weather was at its best stormy wildness, we had a fantastic time inside at the 13th UK Dementia Congress, where we shared our work within dementia care, led a Listening with your Eyes workshop, and even had Joy and Danny out and about interacting with Congress attendees. Thank you to the Congress team for creating such an excellent event.
With Finding Joy well in the swing, we’re getting lots of comments about how lovely it looks. We’ve asked set and costume designer Carl Davies to tell us more about how he’s designed the show, and the special challenges of working with mask.
Using full mask for the first time, students at Abingdon & Whitney College have been working with us as part of the Shoulder to Shoulder project, marking recent anniversaries in the fight for women's rights.
I saw the show at the RSC Other Place last Saturday evening 10th November. I had booked the tickets not really knowing what to expect. It was my birthday and after a meal with 3 girlfriends I thought it would be something different. So different! I didn’t know it was silent theatre, but the maxim “actions speak louder than words” is definitely at work here. The masks immediately show the character and the actions follow through.So clever! And yes- delightfully funny in parts and moved to tears in others. Thank you!
We saw Finding Joy in Stratford upon Avon this week. The observation of your splendid work that I would like to make it that is unlocked the buried trauma and sadness of supporting a vulnerable parent who had disappeared into a confusing a tragic world of dementia. It was so cathartic alongside being the most powerful piece of theatre we have ever seen. I had not realised how much I had hidden away and although painful was the most healing experience. Coping with the daily changes, fear, struggle and total inadequacy is a deep scar. If only I had understood, knew what to do, done things differently. When the actor who played the lady with dementia walked onto the stage in her slippers I thought “Oh my God, it’s my Mother”. It was an exact and complete replica of her demise. I was heartbroken all over again but now in a time when I can face my demons and release some of the pain. Thank you so much.