• Poster image - Danny and Joy jump
  • 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 Fearn: 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

Relaxed and Dementia Friendly Performances

Our Autumn tour of Finding Joy will include several performances that are either Dementia Friendly or Relaxed. These will be indicated on the show tour list on this page.

Relaxed Performances are open to all, but specifically designed to welcome those who benefit, for whatever reason, from a more relaxed environment, such as people with sensory and communication disorders, a learning disability or autism spectrum condition. They’re a great way for family and friends to experience live performances together in an adapted environment.

Dementia Friendly Performances: People living with dementia can often feel isolated and lose their confidence in doing things they have previously enjoyed. With a few sensitive adaptations to the performance of Finding Joy, more flexibility with the seating plan and within the venue, and introducing more staff  who understand what it is to live with dementia, we aim to create a dementia-friendly environment where people living with dementia feel involved and supported.

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

 

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.
Read full review here

Dan English, InQuire

 

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!
Read the full review

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Barbara Maxwell, What's On Stage

 

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 here

Jenni Davidson, Fringe Review

 

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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Fri 15 Sep 2017 7:30PM
The Courtyard, Herefordshire's Centre for the Arts
Edgar Street Hereford, HR4 9JR
Book Tickets: 01432 340555
Tue 19 Sep 2017 7:30PM
Pontardawe Arts Centre
Herbert Street Pontardawe, SA8 4ED
Book Tickets: 01792 863722
Wed 20 Sep 2017 7:30PM
The Roses Theatre
Sun Street Tewkesbury, GL20 5NX
Book Tickets: 01684 295074
Thu 21 Sep 2017 1:00PM
RELAXED PERFORMANCE Artrix
School Drive Bromsgrove, B60 1PQ
Book Tickets: 01527 577330
Fri 22 Sep 2017 7:30PM
Artrix
School Drive Bromsgrove, B60 1PQ
Book Tickets: 01527 577330
Sat 23 Sep 2017 7:30PM
The Point
Leigh Road Eastleigh, SO50 9DE
Book Tickets: 023 8065 2333
Tue 26 Sep 2017 2:00PM
Norwich Playhouse
42-58 St George's Street Norwich, NR3 1AB
Book Tickets: 01603 598598
Wed 27 Sep 2017 7:30PM
The Seagull
19-75 Morton Road Pakefield Lowestoft, NR33 0JH
Book Tickets: 01502 589726
Thu 28 Sep 2017 7:30PM
Diss Corn Hall
St Nicholas Street St Nicholas Street Diss, IP22 4LB
Book Tickets: 01379 652241
Fri 29 Sep 2017 7:30PM
Maltings Theatre
Staithe Street Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1AU
Book Tickets: 01328 839000
Sat 30 Sep 2017 7:30PM
Sheringham Little Theatre
2 Station Road Sheringham, NR26 8RE
Book Tickets: 01263 822347
Wed 04 Oct 2017 8:00PM
The Marlowe Studio
The Friars Canterbury, CT1 2AS
Book Tickets: 01227 787787
Sat 07 Oct 2017 7:00PM
Prema
Bethesda Chapel South Street Uley Nr Dursley, GL11 5SS
Book Tickets: 01453 860703
Wed 11 Oct 2017 7:30PM
The Richard Whitely Theatre
Giggleswick School Settle, BD24 0DE
Book Tickets: 01729 893180
Thu 12 Oct 2017 7:30PM
Carriageworks
The Electric Press 3 Millennium Square Leeds, LS2 3AD
Book Tickets: 0113 376 0318
Wed 18 Oct 2017 7:30PM
Perranporth Memorial Hall
1 Eureka Vale 1 Eureka Vale Perranporth, TR6 0BS
Book Tickets: 01872 572 121
Thu 19 Oct 2017 7:30PM
The Tolmen Centre
The Tolmen Centre Fore Street Constantine, TR11 5AA
Book Tickets: 01326 341353
Fri 20 Oct 2017 7:30PM
Wadebridge Town Hall
The Platt Wadebridge, PL27 7AQ
Book Tickets: 01208 812643
Tue 24 Oct 2017 7:30PM
Wolverhampton Arena
Wulfruna Street Wolverhampton, WV1 1SE
Book Tickets: 01902 321321
Wed 25 Oct 2017 1:00PM
DEMENTIA FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE Wolverhampton Arena
Wulfruna Street Wolverhampton, WV1 1SE
Book Tickets: 01902 321321
Wed 25 Oct 2017 7:30PM
Wolverhampton Arena
Wulfruna Street Wolverhampton, WV1 1SE
Book Tickets: 01902 321321
Thu 26 Oct 2017 7:30PM
Lichfield Garrick
Castle Dyke Lichfield, WS13 6HR
Book Tickets: 01543 412121
Fri 27 Oct 2017 7:30PM
Lichfield Garrick
Castle Dyke Lichfield, WS13 6HR
Book Tickets: 01543 412121
Tue 31 Oct 2017 8:00PM
Rhodes Arts Complex
South Road Bishop's Stortford , CM23 3JG
Book Tickets: 01279 710200
Wed 01 Nov 2017 Time TBC
South Street Arts Centre
21 South Street Reading, RG1 4QU
Book Tickets: 0118 960 6060
Thu 02 Nov 2017 8:00PM
Theatre Severn
Frankwell Quay Shrewsbury, SY3 8FT
Book Tickets: 01743 281281
Fri 03 Nov 2017 8:00PM
Theatre Severn
Frankwell Quay Shrewsbury, SY3 8FT
Book Tickets: 01743 281281
Mon 06 Nov 2017 7:30PM
Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham
St Peter's Hill Grantham, NG31 6PZ
Book Tickets: 01476 406158
Thu 09 Nov 2017 7:30PM
Eden Court
Bishops Road Inverness , IV3 5SA
Book Tickets: 01463 234234
Fri 10 Nov 2017 8:00PM
Lyth Art Centre
Lyth Art Centre Lyth Wick, KW1 4UD
Book Tickets: 01955 641434
Thu 16 Nov 2017 8:00PM
The Belgrade Theatre
Belgrade Square Coventry, CV1 1GS
Book Tickets: 02476 553055
Fri 17 Nov 2017 8:00PM
The Belgrade Theatre
Belgrade Square Coventry, CV1 1GS
Book Tickets: 0247 6553055
Sat 18 Nov 2017 1:30PM
DEMENTIA FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE The Belgrade Theatre
Belgrade Square Coventry, CV1 1GS
Book Tickets: 0247 6553055
Sat 18 Nov 2017 8:00PM
The Belgrade Theatre
Belgrade Square Coventry, CV1 1GS
Book Tickets: 0247 6553055

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