Funny, fearless and touching theatre from the UK's leading full mask company.
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. Finding Joy opened at London International Mime Festival 2014 and premiered internationally at Jyväskylä Festival, Finland in 2015. It is funded by Arts Council England and Worcestershire County Council.
This production is accessible to deaf and hearing audiences alike, and is suitable for over 12 years.
Sponsors: Arts Council England, Worcestershire County Council.
Made in association with The Hereford Courtyard and JABADAO.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Life-affirming, funny, deeply touching and highly, highly recommended!
Katerina Yannouli, Plays to See
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 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 basic introduction to mask for beginners to in-depth training for professional actors.
Scale: 4 performers + 1 technician Min. stage area: 6 metres depth x 6 metres width x 3 metres height Duration: 70 mins, no interval Suitability: 12 years upwards Lighting: A pre-rig is required. Vamos provides a technician and design 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. Min get in time: Around 6hrs depending on venue Max get out time: 1hr (2hrs international)
Pack 1: weight: 28K:
size: 180 cm x 35cm x 20cm
Pack 2: weight: 26K + packaging:
size: 143cm x 67cm x 6cm
Pack 3:Total weight 30.5K + packaging
Size: 150cm x 35cm x 75 cm
A list of culturally appropriate props will need to
be sourced by the Promoter in the host country
e.g. branded toothpaste
Show-related full mask theatre workshops
Including relaxed performances (in collaboration with the venue), and marketing support for the Deaf Community.