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Dead Good

Dead Good

About the show

Bob and Bernard don’t have that much in common. But after a chance meeting at their weekly hospice group, they realise they share one ambition – to do some serious living before they die So, with a bottle of Bollinger and the keys to Bernard's Bentley in hand, they hit the road, and take on one final, death-defying adventure. 

Originally commissioned by London International Mime Festival, Dead Good is a funny and poignant theatre show celebrating friendship - and the importance of living every precious day to the full. Bubbling with humour and awash with pathos, this beautifully crafted production is performed entirely without words.

Dead Good is accessible to deaf and hard of hearing audiences without BSL interpretation.

Suitable for 12 years +

5 stars ★★★★★ “Go see Dead Good, you’ll be inspired to enjoy every day...Tammy Gooding: BBC Hereford and Worcester 

Vamos Theatre is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Dead Good is a co-production with Corn Exchange Newbury and a co-commission with London International Mime Festival, made with support from The Leche Trust. 


In alphabetical order:
Radhika Aggarwal 
- Shefali
James Greaves - Bernard
Bidi Iredale - Marie
Alan Riley - Bob

All other parts played by members of the cast


Writer/Director: Rachael Savage
Composer/Sound Editor: Janie Armour
Additional writing by: James Greaves and Alan Riley
Script Consultants: Janie Armour and Nick Moss
Advisors: Shefali Hollis, Lesley Tromans, Dave Harper, Ruth Davies, Pete D, Dr Maggie Keeble, Dr Lucy Martin, Richard White, Barry Goldman, Esther Ramsay-Jones, Emily Madsen, Hazel Ratcliffe, Jalesh Sanchania, Rinkoo Barpaga, Elaine Donnelly, Nick Hancock
Set/Costume Designer: Carl Davies
Mask Maker: Russell Dean
Lighting Designer: Matt Clutterham
Film/Projection Designer: Daniel Hill
Sound Designer: Sam Glossop
Production Manager: Daniel Hill
Production Videographer: Lily Coull
Production Assistant: Tisa Kliček 
Tour Technician: Elliot Clark
Costume Supervisor/maker: Hannah Marshall
Wig Dresser: Alison Barlow
Photography: Graeme Braidwood Photography
Print Design: Sauce Creative Communications
Extras in London film: Stephen Hewson, Lucy Plant, Rosa Savage


RUNNING TIME: c. 70 mins (no interval)

FUNDERS: Arts Council England, Worcestershire County Council, The Leche Trust

CO-PRODUCERS: Corn Exchange, Newbury

CO-COMMISSIONERS: London International Mime Festival

SUITABILITY: Over 12 years

Introduction from director, Rachael Savage

Show clips

Get to know the cast

From rehearsals



5 stars ★★★★★
This show takes a viewer so deep into oneself that one is left dazed somehow...Wonderful just so wonderful.
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Owen J Lewis, Love Shrewsbury

5 stars ★★★★★
The most perfect and powerful 75-minutes of silent storytelling you’re likely to see.

Read the full review here Catherine Jones, Arts City Liverpool

5 stars ★★★★★
This is a masterclass in beautifully crafted and articulate full mask acting.

Elliot James, Drama and Theatre Magazine

Go see Dead Good, you’ll be inspired to enjoy every day, but take some tissues.

Tammy Gooding, BBC Hereford and Worcester

4 stars ★★★★
With lots of laughter and fun throughout, at the end when the lights are fading, you could have heard a pin drop…and there wasn’t a dry eye left in the theatre.
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Emma Trimble, Behind the Arras

5 stars ★★★★★
a show bubbling with humour and awash with pathos.
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Chris Eldon Lee, Midlands What's On

4 stars ★★★★
a mesmerising and life-affirming piece of theatre.
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Claire Howden, The Reviews Hub

The company has a strong, identifiable style and a real knack for making sensitive, issue-based popular entertainment. They know how to connect!

Donald Hutera, Dance and Performance critic The Times

I loved this thoughtful production.
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Dave Massey, Brum Hour

Dead Good leaves a lasting, and uplifting impression.

Read the full review here WJ Quinn, The Scottish Play

5 stars ★★★★★
Dead Good is one of those rare productions that restores a sense of perspective and is good for the soul.

Elliot James, Drama and Theatre Magazine