• Soldier crouches alongside small child
A Brave Face
Promoters' Information

About the show

Dear mum, things are a bit tough right now. But don’t worry – I’m ok. I’ll tell you about it when I get back.”

Afghanistan: 2009. Under bright blue skies, a small girl stands and watches the soldier. She smiles, just like his sister…

Ryan is there to see the world, learn a trade, get a life. Training is complete, combat is a buzz; he’s part of a team, and knows his job. But on one particular hot and desperate tour of duty, Ryan sees things he can’t talk about, to anyone. And then, when he returns home, the trouble really begins.

Vamos Theatre is the UK’s leading full mask theatre company. 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, taking on challenging themes with poignancy, humour and humanity.

Created from two years of research with ex and serving soldiers, families and health professionals, A Brave Face explores Post-Traumatic Stress in the military, an unseenand often unrecognised injury of war. With compassion andfearlessness, Vamos brings its trademark, wordless, full mask style to a story that needs to be told.

The making of A Brave Face

In June 2015, Johnny Mercer, Conservative MP for Plymouth Moor, addressed the House of Commons:

In 2012, we reached a very unwelcome threshold when, tragically, more soldiers and veterans killed themselves than were killed on operational service in defence of the realm.”

A Brave Face is a full mask theatre production born of real life stories, created from over two years of extensive research and development into Post-Traumatic Stress. During the research period we met, talked and worked with ex- and serving soldiers and their families, as well as a breadth of mental health practitioners, journalists, and staff from Help for Heroes, Veterans First and the pioneering Recovery Centre, Chavasse VC House. A Brave Face brings together all that we learned to create a poignant, playful and fearless production in Vamos’s trademark full mask style.

Throughout the production’s creation, we have renowned photojournalist Kate Holt, a regular contributor to The Guardian, as Photojournalist in Residence.

Reviews

 

Vamos are without a doubt one of the most thrilling and innovative mask companies out there. Whatever they do encapsulates so much about life, by making it real, accessible and fresh.“
 

David Durant, Associate Director, The Courtyard, Herefordshire’s Centre for the Arts

 

Vamos continue to provide the highest quality of non-verbal theatre available in the UK. Their approach is accessible and engaging and their work is guaranteed to make you both laugh and cry
 

Neil Reading, Theatre Manager, Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton

 

Vamos sold out their run at Jacksons Lane for the second time as part of the London International Mime Festival, with a really inventive, imaginative and skilled piece of work that was loved by all who saw it.

Adrian Berry, Artistic Director, Jackson's Lane

 

It was a joy from start to finish...There are not many shows that I can watch twice but I would gladly go back and watch this all over again. 

Jo Burgess, Fool's Paradise

Workshop opportunities

You can book Vamos Theatre’s range of full mask workshops to accompany a performance. Suitable for all ages and abilities, workshops provide participants with a unique experience of full mask and physical theatre, ranging from a show specific introduction to mask, in-depth training for professional actors or workshops for d/Deaf adults and students.

Designed alongside Help for Heroes, for A Brave Face only, we are offering mask making workshops for military and ex-military communities.

Staging

Total Tour Personnel: 5 performers + 1 technician
Venue Technical Staff Requirements:  A minimum of one resident technician to assist running the show
Min. stage area: 7 metres depth x 7 metres width x clearance of 3 metres to grid
Duration: Approximately 80 mins plus interval
Suitability: 12 years upwards
Lighting: A lighting pre-rig is essential. Vamos provides a technician and design. Please note: a blackout is required
Sound: 2 x main FOH speakers, 2 x upstage speakers: show run on SCS using laptop with external soundcard, requiring 2 x 1/4" jack outputs
Projection: Two projectors will be used, either floor or stand mounted
Min get in time: Approximately 7 hours, depending on venue
Max get out time: The get out will start immediately after the final show and will take a maximum of 1.5-2 hours
 

Accessibility

Over the years, we have developed a formidable reputation for creating work that attracts people who are often less engaged in arts and culture. Audiences find our full mask theatre entirely accessible, because it’s highly visual and unerringly human. We connect with diverse audiences, and because there is no barrier of words to overcome, we attract people whose first language isn’t English. We have a strong following among d/Deaf audiences who don’t miss out on the action, as there’s no need for signing.

Relaxed Performances

We are experienced in delivering Relaxed Performances, and create assets and adapt our shows to make them accessible for all, including those with sensory and communication disorders, learning disabilities or autism spectrum conditions.

Promotional trailer

Further information and booking:

A Brave Face premieres at London International Mime Festival in January 2018 and is available to book for dates from February 2018 onwards.

To book, or for more information about the show and our workshops:
Contact Vamos Theatre:
tel: +44(0)1905 312 921
email: info[at]vamostheatre.co.uk or contact us via our Contact Form

In German speaking countries
Angelika Martin:
Tel: +49 (0)8122 - 42666
email: angelika.martin[at]artpromotion.eu

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