During a recent Q&A discussion (part of our production, Dead Good) one of our audience members - Tim Strugnell - said that he was living with a terminal cancer diagnosis, and that it was on his bucket list to perform with us. Two weeks later, with Tim onside, we made it happen.
That period between university and a career can be a tricky one for young theatre professionals. Assistant Producer, Tisa Klicek, tells us about her experience working with Vamos Theatre on our latest production, Dead Good.
Artistic Director, Rachael Savage, describes our recent Covid-safe care home show, Love Through Double Glazing, as one of the most important we've ever made. Why? Rachael explains all in her latest blog.
It's been a roller-coaster year for emerging artist, Norah Savage, culminating in a show-stealing performance inour care home show, Love Through Double Glazing - not bad for a Bichon Frise. Here she tells us how she's coped with the adulation, and plans for the future.
Create a new Walkabout performance entirely over Zoom with actors on the other side of the world? No problem, we said! After a hectic three months, director Rachael Savage tells us about the ups and downs of international digital collaboration.
Our recent performances in Beijing would not have been the same without our wonderful translator, Ding Ding, who helped bridge the inevitable language and cultural differences. Find out what the process was like for her in this guest blog.
We're so looking forward to getting back to care homes in May - meanwhile we wanted to highlight the caring approach of care sector professionals during the pandemic. Mark Topps, is one - and in this guest blog he tells us about supporting staff and promoting a culture of positivity and motivation.
Roy Sager has been one of the most avid supporters of The Wednesday Wave campaign, since finding out about it at his dementia meet, Buddies. In this guest blog, created in conversation with our Health Coordinator Hazel, he tells us about his involvement.
Pilot performances of our new show for care homes, Love Through Double Glazing, have proved, well, riotous! Artistic DIrector, Rachael Savage, tells us why this cheeky, joyful show could be just what residents and staff need.
The Wednesday Wave was inspired by Hazel, a care home resident in Worcester. In this guest blog, Hazel’s daughter Shellie, tells us how Covid has affected her connection with her mum, and why waving, wherever you are, is so crucially important as we return to lockdown.
We've recently started some very early explorations for a new show, performed outside with audience inside and watched through windows. Stanfield Care Home was kind (and brave!) enough to host our first try-out. Nursing Home Director Richard White sent us this feedback...
In this guest blog, we’re delighted to be able to share the impactful thoughts of Danuta Lipinska, a counsellor who writes about the value and diversity of counselling people who are living with dementia.
Making presumptions can be a real barrier to embracing diversity. Artistic Director, Rachael Savage, tells us about her work with seven fantastic theatre makers from Graeae, the UK’s flagship disabled-led theatre company.
We've Dr Maggie Keeble to thank for instigating the making of Dead Good - she was the person who first suggested making a show about end of life - and so it's great to have her, alongside Lucy Martin, guest blogging about the importance of planning for a good death.
Our new show Dead Good is being supported on tour by the lovely people at Marie Curie. To start things off, Aline Dian’s guest blog encourages all of us to have those important conversations while there’s still time.
Our recent Mask Foundation Course introduced an incredibly talented group to mask techniques. A huge thank you to Worcester University student, Danielle Palmer, for describing the pleasures and the challenges.
All our shows are born of people's real-life stories and often years of research. Writer and Artistic Director, Rachael Savage, gives us a candid. moving and tempting dip into the stories behind our new show, Dead Good.
To celebrate Carers Week, we're so pleased to feature a guest blog by Dave Harper, who we met during the research for Dead Good. Dave is a day patient at Mary Stevens Hospice, and he tells us about his own carer, and the importance of positivity when faced with dying.
Thank you to Shefali Chandra, an army Veteran whose husband lived with Post Traumatic Stress, for sending us her honest and powerful blog about seeing A Brave Face, and coming to our Veterans' Mask Making Residency.
Two months into the tour of A Brave Face and the cast has covered a lot of miles! The lovely James Greaves talks van-talk, the clashing of musical tastes, and the modern phenomenon of not talking to each other.
From time to time, we're contacted about work experience placements - and if someone sounds interesting, we take them on! Our latest placement has been Joe Raybould, who's written us a blog about what it's been like.
Our partnership with National Star College is extremely precious to us at Vamos Theatre. In this guest blog, National Star's Paul Tarling tells us about the college and explores why mask theatre can work so well with young people with complex disabilities and acquired brain injuries.
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.
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…
Performing without words is what we do best - so we can work with actors who speak any language. Sharing Joy performers Lotte Tickner and Alejandra Bacelar Pereira bring us the Vamos Dictionary - shared words you really do need on tour!
Alongside Sharing Joy, we’ll be exploring wedding days, and the memories and connections that can still be found for those living with dementia. To set the scene, Vamos Theatre’s Kathryn Bettesworth tells us about her own special day…
James Greaves may have years of mask experience behind him, but it doesn't stop him having first-day-of-rehearsal nerves. If you think an actors life is all hey-diddle-de-dee, check out his very funny blog...
Ever wondered what a clown has to say about death? Now's your chance, as performer Aron De Casmaker shares audience reactions to Finding Joy, and muses on the bigger themes of living, caring and dying that lie behind this year's Vamos projects.
Artistic Director Rachael has taken her family to Perigueux Festival for years, so it's particularly special that Vamos is part of this anarchic, wonderful festival this year. Rachael looks back at some top moments...
Stephen Collins is one of the group of Deaf practitioners who have recently become Vamos mask workshop leaders. In this guest blog, Stephen tells us a little about why full mask works for Deaf audiences.
We're delighted that Emily Howlett, Stephen Collins and Mary-Jayne Russell De Clifford have joined the Vamos team as d/Deaf workshop leaders. In this guest blog, Emily fills us in on what it's like to take on the role.