• Joy dances
  • Joy and Walter have a picnic
  • Nasty patient Agnes Bull
  • Joy stands alone
Finding Joy
#findingjoy

About the show

The funny, fearless international sell-out mask production from the UK's leading full mask company. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll find joy!

Joy is 83 today: she's feisty, loves to dance, and is losing her memory. Her grandson Danny is rebellious, bright and always getting into trouble. When Danny decides to look after Joy, they discover a shared playfulness and growing love. But is that enough to face the challenges ahead?

Approaching the subject of dementia with humour and humanity, award-winning Finding Joy has performed to audiences across Europe and the UK, including a successful run at Assembly for Edinburgh Fringe 2016. Praised by press and public alike for its consummate full mask skills, engaging storytelling, physical dexterity and emotional insight, the company continues to involve and engage audiences across borders and boundaries with its wordless theatre.

Suitable for 12 years and upwards, Finding Joy is accessible to hearing and D/deaf audiences alike.

Sponsors: Arts Council England, Worcestershire County Council.
Made in association with The Hereford Courtyard and JABADAO.

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Production details

CAST

Nicky Fearne: Old Joy, Betty
James Greaves: Danny, consultant, Joy's mother
Sarah Hawkins: Jean, Joy at 25, Joy at 8
Alan Riley: Billy, Walter, nurse, patient

Previous tour cast members:  Richard J. Fletcher,  Nanou Harry, Simone Lewis, Rachael Savage, Mark Winstanley

PRODUCTION TEAM

Writer/Director: Rachael Savage
Composer/Sound Editor: Janie Armour
Advisor: Penny Greenland
Set/Costume Designer: Carl Davies
Mask/Puppet Maker: Russell Dean
Lighting Designer: Chris Barham
Choreographer: Rachael Alexander
Cine Film: Mike Jackson
Script Consultant: Janie Armour
Tour Manager: Alan Riley
Technician: Laura Sprake
Print design: alienpen
Set Builders: Gavin Lewery
Costume Supervisor/maker: Hannah Marshall
Wig Dresser: Alison Barlow

OTHER INFO

RUNNING TIME: 75 mins

FUNDERS: Arts Council England, Worcestershire County Council

CO-PRODUCERS: Hereford Courtyard

IN ASSOCIATION WITH: JABADAO

SUITABILITY: Over 12 years

Reviews

 

Finding Joy has a short run at The Fringe and you cannot go home and face your loved ones with any excuse whatsoever for missing it. Have some compassion for your future memories. An absolute Fringe must!
Read full review here.

John Kennedy, Edinburgh Reporter

 

Vamos Theatre's craftily constructed and crowd-pleasing piece...The show brilliantly conveys a sense of how frightening the world seems through Joy's eyes ... the company of four are always fleet and the storytelling is excellent.

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

 

Life-affirming, funny, deeply touching and highly, highly recommended!

Katerina Yannouli, Plays to See

 

Skilfully handled without being overly sentimental...it's only a pity the company are up in Edinburgh for such a short run.

Alan Chadwick, Scottish Daily Mail

 

Heart-warming, yet heart-breaking at the same time, this stirring physical performance combines humour with sympathy for the challenges of an illness that I am sure many will be able to relate to.

Daisy Malt, TW Daily

 

A genuinely original, beautiful piece of work which deserves to be seen by a wide audience BRIGHTON FRINGE 2014 ARGUS ANGEL WINNER

Duncan Hall, The Argus, Brighton

 

Deeply moving and amusing in its keen observation of family relationships, it’s a must-see of this year’s Fringe. Read the full review

Jenni Davidson, Fringe Review

 

The company are quickly cementing its position as one of, if not the, leading full-mask mime companies in existence. Finding Joy was an incredibly moving and wonderful piece of theatre. Quite simply, a triumph.

Dan English, InQuire

 

Finding Joy, now showing at the Tobacco Factory in Bristol, can be summed up in two words: simply beautiful.

Barbara Maxwell, What's On Stage

 

You learn more, and more effortlessly, from this production about positive caring than from a dozen textbooks. I urge all supporters of people with dementia to see it. This is positive caring in action: you laugh, you cry, you learn --- you find joy!

John Killick , Dementia Positive

 

What could have been a hard-hitting and emotional response to an evil and devastating disease has been turned into a joyful and resonant piece of theatre that will leave you as speechless as the actors.
Read the full review.

Liam Blain, British Theatre Guide

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Komunardu 1001/30 Prague 7, 170 00
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Komunardu 1001/30 Prague 7, 170 00
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Mon 29 May 2017 8:00PM
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Goethestraße 1-5 63067 Offenbach,
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Otto-Burrmeister-Allee 1 Recklinghausen, D-45657
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