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A Brave Face
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About the show

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Dear mum, things are a bit tough right now. But don’t worry – I’m ok. I’ll tell you about it when I get back.”

Afghanistan: 2009. Under bright blue skies, a small girl stands and watches the soldier. She smiles, just like his sister…
Ryan is there to see the world, learn a trade, get a life. Training is complete, combat is a buzz; he’s part of a team, and knows his job. But on one particular hot and desperate tour of duty, Ryan sees things he can’t talk about, to anyone. And then, when he returns home, the trouble really begins.

Created from two years of research with ex and serving soldiers, families and health professionals, A Brave Face explores Post-Traumatic Stress, an unseen and often unrecognised injury of war, and the impact it can have on even the closest of families. With compassion and fearlessness, Vamos brings its trademark, wordless, full mask style to a story that needs to be told.

A co-production with Mercury Theatre Colchester and a co-commission with London International Mime Festival, A Brave Face is suitable for audiences aged 12 years and upwards, and is accessible to hearing and d/Deaf audiences alike.

A Brave Face  tours the UK and Europe in Spring 2018, opening at Jackson's Lane as part of London International Mime Festival on February 1st

The making of A Brave Face

In June 2015, Johnny Mercer, Conservative MP for Plymouth Moor, addressed the House of Commons:

In 2012, we reached a very unwelcome threshold when, tragically, more soldiers and veterans killed themselves than were killed on operational service in defence of the realm.”

A Brave Face is a full mask theatre production born of real life stories, created from over two years of extensive research and development into Post-Traumatic Stress. During the research period we met, talked and worked with ex- and serving soldiers and their families, as well as a breadth of mental health practitioners, journalists, and staff from Help for Heroes, Veterans First and the pioneering Recovery Centre, Chavasse VC House. A Brave Face brings together all that we learned to create a poignant, playful and fearless production in Vamos’s trademark full mask style.

Throughout the production’s creation, we have renowned photojournalist Kate Holt, a regular contributor to The Guardian, as Photojournalist in Residence.

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Thu 01 Feb 2018 8:00PM
London International Mime Festival Jacksons Lane
269a Archway Road, London, N6 5AA
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Fri 02 Feb 2018 8:00PM
London International Mime Festival Jacksons Lane
269a Archway Road, London, N6 5AA
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Sat 03 Feb 2018 3:00PM
London International Mime Festival Jacksons Lane
269a Archway Road, London, N6 5AA
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Sat 03 Feb 2018 8:00PM
London International Mime Festival Jacksons Lane
269a Archway Road, London, N6 5AA
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Thu 08 Feb 2018 7:30PM
Veteran's Event Mercury Theatre
Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT
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Fri 09 Feb 2018 2:30PM
Relaxed Performance Mercury Theatre
Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT
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Fri 09 Feb 2018 7:30PM
Mercury Theatre
Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT
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Sat 10 Feb 2018 7:30PM
The Capitol
North Street, Horsham, RH12 1RG
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Wed 21 Feb 2018 7:30PM
Haymarket Theatre
Wote Street, Basingstoke, RG21 7NW
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Thu 22 Feb 2018 7:45PM
The Goose Nest Warwick Arts Centre
University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL
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Fri 23 Feb 2018 7:45PM
New Wolsey Theatre
Civic Dr, Ipswich, IP1 2AS
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Tue 27 Feb 2018 8:00PM
Jersey Arts Centre
Phillips Street, St Helier, JE2 4SW
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Wed 28 Feb 2018 8:00PM
Jersey Arts Centre
Phillips Street, St Helier, JE2 4SW
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Fri 02 Mar 2018 8:00PM
Relaxed Performance | Veterans' Event Salisbury Arts Centre
Bedwin Street, Salisbury, SP1 3UT
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Sat 03 Mar 2018 7:30PM
Layard Theatre
Canford School, Canford Magna , Wimborne, BH21 3AD
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Fri 09 Mar 2018 7:30PM
Ludlow Assembly Rooms
1 Mill Street, Ludlow, SY8 1AZ
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Mon 12 Mar 2018 7:30PM
New Vic Theatre
Etruria Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 0JG
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Tue 13 Mar 2018 7:30PM
Pomegranate Theatre
Corporation Street, Chesterfield, S41 7TX
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Wed 14 Mar 2018 8:00PM
mac birmingham
Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH
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Thu 15 Mar 2018 7:30PM
Arena Theatre
Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton , WV1 1SE
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Arena Theatre
Wulfruna Street, Wolverhampton , WV1 1SE
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Mon 19 Mar 2018 7:30PM
Exeter Northcott Theatre
University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB
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Exeter Northcott Theatre
University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB
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Wed 21 Mar 2018 7:45PM
The Corn Exchange
Market Place, Newbury, RG14 5BD
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Thu 22 Mar 2018 7:30PM
The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre
56 East Street, Havant, PO9 1BS
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Mon 26 Mar 2018 7:00PM
Veterans' Event Hereford College of Arts
Folly Lane, Hereford, HR1 1LT
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Tue 27 Mar 2018 7:00PM
Hereford College of Arts
Folly Lane, Hereford, HR1 1LT
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Wed 28 Mar 2018 7:30PM
Cornerstone Arts Centre
25 Station Road, Didcot, OX11 7NE
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Thu 29 Mar 2018 7:45PM
Malvern Theatres
Grange Road, Malvern, WR14 3HB
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Malvern Theatres
Grange Road, Malvern, WR14 3HB
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Fri 06 Apr 2018 8:00PM
The Marlowe Studio
The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS
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The Marlowe Studio
The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS
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The Marlowe Studio
The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS
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Wed 11 Apr 2018 7:30PM
Stadttheater Schaffhausen
Herrenacker 22/23, 8200 Schaffhausen
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Fri 13 Apr 2018 8:00PM
Theater Wolfsburg
Theater der Stadt Wolfsburg GmbH , Klieverhagen 50, Wolfsburg, 38440
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Tue 17 Apr 2018 8:00PM
Unity Theatre
1 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BG
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Thu 19 Apr 2018 7:30PM
Greenwich Theatre
Crooms Hill, London, SE10 8ES
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Greenwich Theatre
Crooms Hill, London, SE10 8ES
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Mon 23 Apr 2018 7:30PM
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1QR
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The Bridge House Theatre
Myton Road, Warwick, CV34 6PP
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Veterans' Event Theatre Severn
Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury, SY3 8FT
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Theatre Severn
Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury, SY3 8FT
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Artrix
School Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1PQ
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Sat 28 Apr 2018 7:30PM
Theatre Brycheiniog
Canal Wharf, Brecon, LD3 7EW
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Relaxed Performance Hertford Theatre
The Wash , Hertford, SG14 1PS
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The Mumford Theatre
Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT
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South Street Arts Centre
21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU
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21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU
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Chelmsford City Theatres
Fairfield Road, Chelmsford , CM1 1JG
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Bath Road, Frome, BA11 2HG
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School Road , Taunton , TA2 8PD
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The Roses Theatre
Sun Street, Tewkesbury, GL20 5NX
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Stantonbury Theatre
Stantonbury, Milton Keynes, MK14 6BN
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Rhodes Arts Complex
South Road , Bishop's Stortford , CM23 3JG
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Cast
Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU
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Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU
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Fri 18 May 2018 6:00PM
The Hat The Warren, Brighton Fringe Festival
St Peters Church North, York Place, Brighton, BN1 4GU
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The Hat The Warren, Brighton Fringe Festival
St Peters Church North, York Place, Brighton, BN1 4GU
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Tue 22 May 2018 8:00PM
Tobacco Factory Theatres
Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1TF
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Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1TF
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The Swan Theatre
The Moors, Worcester, WR1 3ED
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The Moors, Worcester, WR1 3ED
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Eden Court
Bishops Road , Inverness , IV3 5SA
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Tue 29 May 2018 7:30PM
Dundee Repertory Theatre
Tay Square , Dundee , DD1 1PB
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Wed 30 May 2018 7:30PM
Eastwood Park Theatre and Gallery Griffnock
Rouken Glen Road, Griffnock, G46 6UG
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 one moment we were laughing the next we were moved to tears - and not a word spoken

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