We’re delighted to announce tour dates for our new production, Boy on the Roof, touring Jan-March 2024.
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Our new production, Boy on the Roof, created through Community Conversations gathering people’s experiences of ADHD, loneliness, aging, hearing loss, connection and community, is the story of an unlikely friendship between Liam, a teenage boy with ADHD, and his 90-year old neighbour, Albert - and features some of the best physical theatre and mask actors in the UK.
Previewing at Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton (25th-27th Jan), the show premieres at Shoreditch Town Hall London (1st-4th Feb), as part of the inaugural Mime London. The show then tours until March 9th 2024. All performances of Boy on the Roof are accessible to deaf audiences without BSL interpretation.
The three-strong cast is Gavin Maxwell, a neurodivergent theatre-maker and movement director whose extensive body of work includes five years as a practitioner for Frantic Assembly, taking the role of Associate Director on their 2021 production, I Think We Are Alone; mask specialist James Greaves, whose seminal work with Trestle Theatre has taken him across the world – now well-known to Vamos Theatre audiences for lead roles in Dead Good, A Brave Face, Nursing Lives, Finding Joy and more; and Alan Riley, a founder member of Trestle Theatre, who starred alongside James in our last touring show, Dead Good. He has also performed in and associate directed many Vamos Theatre shows including A Brave Face, Finding Joy, Nursing Lives and The Best Thing.
Touring with the cast are technicians Rhianne Cheetham and Paul Milford.
The company is excited to be exploring the pertinent themes that the production addresses – neurodivergence, aging, hearing loss, loneliness, connection and community. We’re grateful to all the many people across the UK who have shared their experiences with us and helped us to understand many of the issues involved. Like all Vamos Theatre productions, the show highlights the importance of making connection, helping us all to better understand our shared humanity.
For young people, Boy on the Roof will be a great experience for drama and performing arts students from KS3 upwards (12+) and there is learning support materials available before and after seeing a performance, Members of the cast and creative team will be running schools workshops during the tour, helping students gain insight into the show’s themes and characters, as well as learning about mask, physical theatre, characterisation and devising from given stimulus. The workshops can be led by one of our deaf practitioners for deaf students.
Rachael Savage, writer and director of Boy on the Roof, comments, “This has been an incredibly exciting production to work on right from the off, thanks to everyone who helped shape it through telling us of their own experiences in our Community Conversations. We’re grateful to all the many people across the UK who have shared their experiences with us and helped us to understand many of the issues involved. Like all Vamos Theatre productions, the show highlights the importance of making connection, helping us all to better understand our shared humanity.
“We’re also lucky enough to be working with three fantastic mask performers who bring a wealth of experience and talent to the stage, and we’ve pushed ourselves much further in exploring ways film, sound and lighting tell stories and create worlds, and I think our audiences will be as excited as I am about how that works. We’re looking forward to getting feedback from our regular and new audiences.”
Boy on the Roof is a a co-commission with London International Mime Festival and a co-production with New Wolsey Theatre. It tours from Jan 26th to March 9th 2024. We hope you can join us!
Boy on the Roof BSL introduction
Introduced by Mary-Jayne Russell de Clifford.
TRANSCRIPT: We are so excited to announce tour dates for Vamos Theatre's latest production, Boy on the Roof. The new show, two years in the making, is the story of an unlikely friendship between Liam, a teenage boy with ADHD, and his 90-year old neighbour, Albert - and features some of the best physical theatre and mask actors in the UK. Like all our shows, Boy on the Roof has no spoken words, and is accessible to deaf/hard of hearing audiences without a signer. We hope you can make one of the venues! Find out more at www.vamostheatre.co.uk/boy-on-the-roof