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Boy on the Roof
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Boy on the Roof

Our latest production, Boy on the Roof, tours nationally from Jan-Mar 2024.

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About the show

At no 73 Cooper St, Brian Baxter wishes his son wasn’t so irritating. Liam Baxter can’t switch off, can’t sit still, he’s disruptive at school and chaotic at home. As for Liam, he just wishes someone understood him.

Three doors down, Albert keeps himself to himself, sticks to his routines. At 91, he knows what he likes and likes what he knows. But Albert misses his wife and just wishes that someone, somewhere would have time for him.  

When Liam and Albert’s paths cross, no one can fathom what on earth they have in common. But the boy and the man share more than they know, and what slowly grows is a friendship that both of them need, even if the rest of the world can’t see it.

Created through Community Conversations across the UK, gathering people’s experiences of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), loneliness, aging, hearing loss, connection and community, Vamos Theatre’s Boy on the Roof is the story of an unlikely friendship, where acceptance, understanding and love find their way to centre stage.

Boy on the Roof is accessible to deaf audiences without BSL interpretation.

As with all its productions, Vamos Theatre welcomes everyone to see Boy on the Roof, including people who may need a more accepting auditorium environment. The company invites all its audiences to join in supporting this inclusivity, so that everyone feels welcome.

Suitable for 12+, this production contains references to drugs. Boy on the Roof is a co-commission with London International Mime Festival and a co-production with New Wolsey Theatre.

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The Team

CAST

Dad: James Greaves
Liam: Gavin Maxwell
Albert: Alan Riley

All other parts played by members of the cast

PRODUCTION TEAM

Writer/Director: Rachael Savage
Additional writing: James Greaves and Alan Riley
Advisors: Gavin Maxwell, Phil Coates, Jenny Jarvis, Rosie Burton
Soundtrack composed and created by: Janie Armour and Sam Glossop
Set/Costume Designer: Carl Davies
Mask Maker: Russell Dean
Lighting Designer: Matt Clutterham
Film/Projection Designer: Daniel Hill
Production Manager: Paul Milford
Tour Technician: Rhianne Cheetham
Voice-over Scriptwriter: Janie Armour
Rehearsal Stage Manager: Tisa Klicek
Design Assistant: Millie Else
Set Builder: Gavin Lewry
Photography: Graeme Braidwood
Print Design: Sauce Creative Communications Ltd.
Film Extras: Joshua Patel, Shanez Pattni, Honor Hoskins, Joe Savage, Rosa Savage, Sarah Hawkins, Tamara Shumarina, Rachael Savage, Norah the dog

MUSICIANS:
Janie Armour: piano, keyboard, accordion, bass guitar
Simon Roth: drums, percussion

VOICE-OVER PERFORMERS:
Alun Bond: football commentary, football scores
Anna Darvas: traffic news, adverts
Joanna Holden: shopping channel, adverts
James Greaves: TV documentaries, Insta reels
Jane Reck: Shipping forecast, TV news

FUNDERS

Arts Council England
 

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Watch us in rehearsal

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

The Making of Boy the Roof

From first ideas to first night, it takes around two years to create a Vamos Theatre show. Each goes through a process of development starting with public/audience consulation, research into themes and ideas, exploration of technical and performance elements, script writing,  devising in the rehearsal room, more script writing, more devising, test audiences, and final rehearsals. It's a process, led by writer and director Rachael Savage, which makes every Vamos Theatre show unique.

In March 2023, we took Boy on the Roof into the rehearsal room to explore first ideas and the interplay between performance and technical creativity. Working with actors James Greaves, Alan Riley and Gavin Maxwell, alongside composers Janie Armour and Sam Glossop, projection designer, Dan Hill and set/costume designer, Carl Davies, Rachael was able to put some of her ideas onto the stage, try out new and existing masks, look at structure and story, and work with the creative team on ideas for how the show might look and sound.

After another six months of honing the script, production meetings and  creative development, the show went back into the rehearsal room from October 2023 to January 2024.

Community Conversations

Boy on the Roof has been created with the help of Community Conversation. These are informal discussions, open to all, which we staged in theatres, neighbourhood venues and online over the first year of the show's creation. Everyone was invited to attend a Community Conversation, where writer and director Rachael Savage talked about the making of the show and invited people's own stories – initially of streets, neighbourhoods and connections, but soon including topics that were being frequently brought up during the conversations – ADHD, aging, hearing loss and loneliness. These formed the backbone of the show's stories and characters.

For teachers and students...

Boy on the Roof is our latest production, touring Spring 2024.

Come and see Boy on the Roof and receive exclusive access to a recording of the performance for continued study*.

Exploring what it’s like to live with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Boy on the Roof is a dynamic non-verbal performance based on lived experience of young people, with an exciting cast including Gavin Maxwell (Frantic Assembly). Featuring full mask, vibrant projection and an original soundtrack, Boy on the Roof is the story of an unlikely friendship, where acceptance, understanding and love find their way to centre stage.

Boy on the Roof is a perfect fit for drama and performing arts students from KS3 upwards (12+) and ideal for KS5 mask and physical theatre study.

Before or after seeing the show, you can also take advantage of one of our show-related workshops. Giving your students chance to take part in a workshop will help them understand the performance, its themes, and how to create and devise theatre for themselves.

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Learning support materials are available before and after seeing a performance, and you can tap into Vamos Theatre’s mask and physical theatre digital learning resources anytime.

The production is accessible to deaf students without BSL interpretation.

*available to any educational group attending a performance during the tour.

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