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

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 mutual affection. But is that enough to take on the challenges ahead?

Vamos Theatre’s wordless world brings this story of lost memories and discovered love vividly to life, in the production that established Vamos Theatre as the UK’s leading full mask theatre company.

This production is accessible to hearing and deaf audiences alike.

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


Production details


Richard J. Fletcher: Billy, Walter, nurse, patient
James Greaves: Danny, consultant, Joy's mother
Sarah Hawkins: Joy's daughter, Joy at 25, Joy at 8
Rachael Savage: Old Joy, Betty


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



FUNDERS: Arts Council England, Worcestershire County Council

CO-PRODUCERS: Hereford Courtyard


SUITABILITY: Over 12 years



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.
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Liam Blain, British Theatre Guide


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