Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) welcomed Vamos and an audience of people living with Dementia to our Foyle Studio for a performance of Sharing Joy yesterday morning. Four of mac’s staff (including me) also joined the audience and we were so very glad we did.
The performers were incredibly skilled in delivering playful performances and plenty of gentle and caring interaction with the audience members. The show was indeed joyful, it was also thoughtfully put together allowing the audience to interact with each other and the performers.
My one regret was that I sat at the back with my colleagues and not next to one of the older members of the audience, where i felt I would have a bit more fun! Thank you Vamos for this excellent work, and thank you to everyone who came to the show yesterday, we hope to welcome you back to MAC soon.
Looking forward to Finding Joy here at MAC on the 4th & 5th October.
Sharing Joy - I was stunned by the creativity and content which enabled everyone to engage with the actors. The audience ages ranged from 2 to 80 years and it clearly touched all who attended. The story line was easy to follow despite no words used by the actors. It was a great reminder how we can communicate with people with dementia if speech becomes difficult and the importance of visual cues and gestures. I can’t thank Vamos enough for finding funding and bringing this play to us. They are back in our region in Oct with ‘Finding Joy’ Joy has a diagnosis of dementia and is supported by her daughter and grandson. I can thoroughly recommend this play to any formal or family carer. Lisa Breame, Dementia Trainer with NSFT,